Man attacks polling officer who stopped him from voting with his wife’s PVC

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An angry man tore ballot papers in Zaki Local Government Area of Bauchi and thereafter assaulted the female official at the polling unit.Trouble began for the female Presiding Officer (name withheld) when the man (name withheld) stormed a polling unit in the area seeking to vote with his wife’s permanent voter cards.

The Collation Officer for the local government and Deputy Registrar, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Mr. Hassan Abubakar, who spoke with our correspondent on Monday, said the man got angry and turned the polling unit upside down.

He said, “A man came to the polling unit with his wife’s PVC and demanded to be allowed to vote.

“The presiding officer, who is a lady, said no. Her response angered the man who started destroying INEC properties. In fact, he destroyed all used ballot papers.

“It was the intervention of the village head that saved her because they wanted to mob her.

“That report was given to us by the Presiding Officer. We cancelled the election there and reported the matter to the REC.”

Abubakar, while presenting his report at the state collation centre in Bauchi said elections were cancelled in five polling units fraught with irregularities like faulty card readers and disruption of voting.

He said 5,455 registered voters were affected in the five polling units scattered across four wards in the local government.

“The case of faulty card reader was not reported to the Electoral Officer, so the result cannot stand,” he added.

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