Kogi West: Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi in final battle for Senate

Kogi West: Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi in final battle for Senate

Welcome to our live coverage of Kogi West senatorial rerun election between candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dino Melaye and Smart Adeyemi of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Recall that the election on November 16 was cancelled in a number of polling units as a result of violence, ballot snatching and intimidation of voters which marred the process.

Hence, reason why we are having this supplementary election today, Saturday, November 30.

However, Melaye kicked against this supplementary election when he submitted a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the petition, Melaye accused the electoral body of overlooking many units, which ought to have been captured in the supplementary election.

You can read Melaye's petition HERE

You can also read other reports on the supplementary election HERE and HERE.

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45,767 voters are expected to participate in this rerun

45,767 voters are expected to participate in the process across the seven LGAs in Kogi west.

Kabba-Bunu LGA has six registration areas participating in the exercise, the highest number. Ijumu, home of Melaye and Adeyemi, has three RAs, same with Lokoja and Yagba east.

Kogi LGA and Mopa-Muro have two each while Yagba west has one.

Voters arriving

Voters have started arriving at the PUs.

Karaworo south PO addresses voters

The PO at Karaworo south in Kogi addresses voters. He says voting will commence at 8am and close at 2pm.

Kogi West: Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi in final battle for Senate

Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi in final battle for Senate
Source: UGC

Queue at Angwa Power open space, PU 005

Voters in a queue at Angwa Power open space, PU 005 in Lokoja D RA. According to reports, accreditation is yet to begin in most of the polling units as of 8:35am.

Kogi West: Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi in final battle for Senate

West: Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi in final battle for Senate. Credit: The Cable
Source: UGC

Voting and accreditation just commenced in Ayetoro 1

LG: Ijumu

Ward: Ayetoro 1

PU:002

Report: Voting and accreditation just commenced

Open vote-buying at Ashta ward

LG: Kabba/Bunu

Ward: Ashta

PU:002

Report: Open vote-buying reported

Voting ongoing

Time: 9:12am

LG: Ajaokuta

Ward:Ganaja

PU:008

Report: Accreditation and voting ongoing.

Arrangement of electoral materials ongoing in Okiko ward

LG: Kabba

Ward: Okiko

PU:003

Report: Arrangement of electoral materials ongoing. Low voter turnout recorded

Voting and accreditation is ongoing smoothly in Ayetoro ward

LG: Ijumu

Ward: Ayetoro

PU:004

Report: Voting and accreditation is ongoing smoothly and in an orderly matter.

Large voter turnout at Ebiya North ward, Ajaokuta

LG: Ajaokuta

Ward: Ebiya North

PU:001

Report: Accreditation and voting ongoing. Larger voter turnout recorded

Voting ongoing peacefully at Oke Ibuken ward

LG: Ijumu

Ward: Oke Ibukun

PU:002

Report: Accreditation and voting are ongoing peacefully

INEC officials just arrived at Ganaja ward

LG: Ajaokuta

Ward: Ganaja

PU:008

Report: INEC officials just arrived and setting up has just started

Reports of vote-buying ongoing in Nkwo ward

LG: Kogi Koto-Karfi

Ward: Nkwo

PU:003

Report: Reports of vote-buying ongoing. No additional voting point provided even though the 820 registered voters

Dino Melaye votes

PDP senatorial candidate Dino Melaye has voted.

After casting his vote, Melaye said he will head to court if INEC does not review the initial poll. “What we have as result is fraud... a major fraud,'' he said.

Only one of six card readers deployed is working at Anguan Pawa

LG: Lokoja

Ward: Anguan Pawa

PU:005

Report: Only one of six card readers deployed is working

Voting stops for now at PU 004

Voting stops for now at PU 004 Inuwa-Lenge in ward D, Lokoja. The PO says all voters on the ground have voted and that they will continue as more voters come.

INEC officials did not show up

LG: Ajaokuta

Ward: Old Ajaokuta

PU:003,004,oo6

Report: No voting has taken place in the polling units and INEC officials did not show up.

Situation room observer harassed by police

LG: Ajaokuta

Ward: Ganaja

PU:008

A situation room observer has been harassed by officers of the Police.His phone was collected and all the pictures he took were deleted before his phone was returned to him.

Adequate police presence Okekoko ward

LG: Kabba/ Bunu

Ward: Okekoko

PU:003

Voting ongoing. Adequate police presence observed

Situation Room observer advised to leave the polling unit

LG: Kabba/ Bunu

Ward: Asuta

PU:002

A situation Room observer has been advised to leave the polling unit "in her own interest" by a party agent.

Low voter turnout

LG: Lokoja

Ward: B

PU:001

Low voter turnout reported

Protest as voters accuse INEC ad hoc staff of tampering with ballot papers

There was a protest after a man claimed he saw one of the electoral officials folding some ballot papers into a bag. This occurred at PU 002 in Lokoja B registration area.

INEC visits some polling units in ward 3D and ward 4D in Lokoja

Supervising national commissioner, Mallam Mohammed K. Haruna, visits some polling units in ward 3D and ward 4D in Lokoja, at the ongoing Kogi West senatorial district supplementary election.

Voting is over in most of the polling units

Voting is over in most of the polling units. Sorting and counting of votes ongoing.

Magic results everywhere - Dino Melaye cries out

I am very proud of the electorates in Kogi West. You voted me today but prepared results already in place. We will fight to the end. illegality shall never stand. Magic results everywhere.- SDM.

Mopa polling unit

The Nation reports that there is no sign of rerun exercise in Mopa polling unit.

Many reportedly stayed away from polling units in the two wards that were affected.

Kogi supplementary poll: Turn-out impressive

Contrary to some reports, correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the election claimed the voter turne-out is impressive.

A voter, Malam Bala, 60, reportedly expressed satisfaction with the exercise and hoped it would not be “scattered again.

“I am happy with the way it is going. No crisis. No fighting. They should just let us vote and they count it. We don’t need to fight. I am happy with the way we are calm,” he said.

Collation of results is ongoing

Collation of results has started in most of the polling units. Follow our live coverage of the collation here.

Clash as observer allegedly reports argument between INEC officials and party

Clash as observer allegedly reports argument between INEC officials and party

Situation Room releases interim report on the conduct of the election

Situation Room has released an interim statement on the elections in Kogi West senatorial district and Ajaokuta federal constituency.

Vote buying ongoing for as long low as N2000

Time: 11:24am

LG: Ijumu

Ward: Ayetoro

PU:001

Report: Vote buying ongoing for as long low as N2000

Fake policemen arrested

Some men who came to PU 008, Ganaja ward in Ajaokuta LGA in police uniforms were discovered to be fake officers and subsequently arrested.

Source: Legit

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