By Emma Peters
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday declared the senatorial election in Imo North inconclusive.
This came two days after the INEC office in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area in the senatorial district was set ablaze by persosns suspected to be political thugs.
Allegations of snatching of ballot boxes,kidnapping of electoral officers and manipulation of the process had trailed the process.
According to Punch, an INEC official who does not want his name in print said that glaring cases of malpractices made the electoral umpire to declare the exercise inconclusive.
He said that fresh election shall be held in three out of the six LGAs that make up the senatorial district.
The INEC official listed the affected LGAs as Isiala Mbano ,Ihitte Uboma and Obowo.
According to him,election shall equally be conducted in six poling units in Okigwe and Onuimo LGAs.
When contacted ,the INEC public Relations Officer in the state, Emmanuella Opara confirmed the development.
The INEC spokesperson who said that a new date had not been fixed for a fresh election, also told our correspondent that the election in Okigwe North federal constituency was equally declared inconclusive.
She was unable to confirm if the election in Okigwe North federal constituency which its result had yet to be announced after three days it was conducted was equally declared inconclusive.
The senator representing the zone,Benjamin Uwajumogu,who was the All Progressives Congress candidate in the election had called for its cancellation.
The lawmakers had alleged that malpractices and rigging marred the election.