One dies as Delta bye-election turns violent.

Written by on September 12, 2021

One person was shot dead as hoodlums reportedly hijacked Saturday’s bye-election into Isoko South State Constituency 1 of Delta State.

The State House of Assembly seat became vacant following the death of Hon. Kenneth Ogba in June this year.

Saturday’s shooting incident amidst the bye-election was recorded at Irri Ikpide community following misunderstandings among the electorate at one of the polling units.

Witnesses said the incident occurred at about 3:15 pm when the armed hoodlums stormed Irri Ward 10, polling unit 5, to snatch ballot papers used for the election.

The hoodlums who were reportedly armed with AK47 rifles shot endlessly into the air to scare away eligible voters before one of them shot directly at the victim for a reason that could not yet be ascertained.

Witness report says prior to the sad incident, the election had been relatively peaceful at the unit.

But the bye election had earlier in the day started on a shaky note at many polling units as the INEC newly introduced Bimodal Voter Accreditation System for the poll was reportedly rejecting Permanent Voters Card (PVC) of eligible voters.

Credit: Punch

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