Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, has given its position on the inconclusive rerun elections held in Rivers State, on the 19th of March, 2016.
According to the Commission, during a stakeholders meeting to fashion out ways and prevent recurrence of ugly incidents that marred the National and State House of Assembly elections in the State, the brainstorming is very important, so that electoral violence will not be the hallmark of our democracy.
The unfortunate disruptions of property, election materials snatching and loss of personnel by the Commission made the results declared inconclusive by the commission, according to the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, ‘some of these elections witnessed the disruption of the process, including the barricading of the INEC Local Government offices and Registration Area Centres (RACs) used for the distribution of Electoral materials which led to the late commencement of the exercise in some places and consequently, its smooth take off’.
Also speaking further, ‘Of more serious concern was the level of threats, violence and intimidation of election officials and voters by well armed thugs and miscreants allegedly acting on behalf of some politicians, which marred the elections in some areas. There were reports of numerous attacks resulting in fatalities, kidnappings, ballot snatching, diversion of officials and materials, amongst others, which necessitated its suspension in 8 Local Government Areas’.
The Chairman further reiterated that, ‘regrettably such deviant behaviour has continued today, several permanent and ad hoc staff engaged have been attacked, again resulting in fatalities, while some have been forcibly abducted and taken to presently unknown destinations’
Under such difficult circumstance, the Returning Officers were only able to collate and declare results in 1 Federal and 9 State constituencies where the disruption and malpractices were not so widespread.
According to Prof. Mahmood, ‘having reviewed the situation, the Commission was compelled to suspend all further action concerning the exercise in all the other constituencies in the State pending the receipt of a comprehensive report from its Field Officials and Monitors. For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that the suspension does not affect the constituencies where the exercise has been completed and the results declared by the Returning Officers’.

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  • Country Man

    INEC is already committing illegality by withholding the results. They should as a matter of urgency and impartiality declare the results already collated and announced at the polling and collation centres. Rivers people will vehemently resist any malpractice.