- Elections marred by violence
- Fact-Finding Committee set up to assess situation
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended all electoral processes in Rivers State due to widespread disruption of elections conducted on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the state.
INEC said in a statement obtained by InfomediaNG that the suspension is based on rampant violence experienced in most parts of the state.
The statement canceling the elections was signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, said
“These initial reports suggest that violence occurred in a substantial number of polling units and collation centres, staff have been taken hostage and materials including result sheets have either been seized or destroyed by unauthorized persons.
“In addition, safety of our staff appears to be in jeopardy all over the state and the commission is concerned about the credibility of the process.
“Consequently, at a meeting held today (Sunday) March 10 2019, the commission has decided to suspend all electoral processes in the state until further notice.
“This is in line with Section 26 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and Clause 47(e) of the regulations and guidelines of the commission.
“The commission has also established a fact-finding committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.
“We appeal to the people of Rivers State, particularly the voters, for their understanding as we look into the circumstances of these disruptions and what further action needs to be taken.”Source: @inecnigeria