The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of governorship election results in Abia and Enugu states.
INEC said this in a statement by Festus Okoye, its national commissioner and chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja on Monday.
Mr Okoye said that INEC met on Monday and reviewed the conduct of the March 18 governorship and states House of Assembly elections.
He said that following deliberations at the meeting, the commission decided to suspend forthwith the collation of the governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu States.
“It will be recalled that our office in Obingwa Local Government Area was invaded by thugs on Sunday, and our officials were held hostage in relation to the collation of results from the local government area.
“Similarly, reports from Enugu State call for a review of the results of the governorship election from the two outstanding local government areas of Nsukka and Nkanu East.
“Consequently, the commission hereby suspends the collation of results in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State and the two outstanding local government areas of Enugu State, which are yet to be collated.
“A review will be undertaken immediately before the process is concluded,” Mr Okoye said.
He called for understanding and patience from voters, parties and candidates in the affected states.