The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said on Thursday during inter agency consultative committee on election in Abuja that INEC will not issue Certificates of Return to candidates in places where its officials are held hostage or forced to declare winners under duress in the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections on Saturday.
The commission also threatened to record zero votes and cancel the results of polling units where its personnel deliberately failed to deploy the Smart Card Readers.
Yakubu said, “The commission is concerned that many of our materials, including ballot boxes, voting cubicles, voter registers and Smart Card Readers were lost to acts of hooliganism and thuggery in the elections held two weeks ago. Most worrisome is the attack on electoral officials.
“Some of our staff were abducted and taken hostage in an attempt to disrupt elections or influence the outcome. In fact, some of the supplementary elections were caused by such acts of thuggery.