March 22, 2019

Rivers 2019: INEC releases report on suspended polls

Rivers 2019: INEC releases report on suspended polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged that it would continue with the collation of results in Rivers state.

INEC also pencilled March 20 as the day the commission would convene to make a detailed plan on how the exercise would continue in earnest.

The collation of results and other activities for Rivers State governorship and other state parliamentary elections were suspended on March 10 following widespread report of violence and other forms of intimidation that prevented electoral officers from seamlessly performing their roles.

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The commission said Nigerian soldiers and some armed gangs contributed to the charging atmosphere that made it difficult for electoral officers to continue with collation at the state INEC headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state capital, prompting the suspension of all electoral processes on March 10.

The postponement drove a wedge between major political parties and INEC, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) warning against subversion of the people’s will at the ballot box.

INEC also explained it would set up an investigative panel in a bid to uncover events that transpired during the governorship and House of Assembly seats in Rivers State on March 9, alongside dozens of other states in the country.

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