ONE person was Saturday, shot dead at Irri ward 10 polling unit 5 by suspected hoodlums during the Delta State House of Assembly bye-election in the Isoko South Constituency l to snatch ballot papers being used for the election.
A source who pleaded anonymity said the hoodlums armed with AK47 riffles shot sporadically in the air to scare away voters, lamenting that one of the hoodlums shot at the victim for a yet unknown reason.
Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that one other person was reportedly inflicted with gunshot injuries at Oleh and is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
The exercise which recorded a large turnout of voters was hitherto peaceful across the five wards of the constituency, as electorates applauded the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC before the ugly incident occurred.
There were however issues of machine malfunctioning which delayed the process in some of the units.
Meanwhile, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Ovuakpoye Evivie, who cast his vote at Oleh ward I unit 6, has been declared winner of the election.
Evivie, had earlier described the BVAS as perfect, adding that “I commend INEC for what l am seeing. The process is fast, unique and simple. The system shows that votes will count.”
On his part, Director-General of the PDP Campaign Organization, Sir Itiako Ikpokpo commended the electoral umpire and expressed satisfaction with the process