INEC Suspends Rivers By-Election Over Violence
The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has suspended the August 18 by-election into the Port Harcourt three Constituency, owing to widespread violence that rocked totally different wards and polling items, midway into the election course of.
The by-election, which concerned 142 polling items, was carried out by the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to fill the emptiness left by Victor Ihunwo, now Chairman, Port Harcourt Metropolis Native Authorities Space.
In response to Obo Effanga, Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, miscreants and political thugs, who have been protected by some safety personnel, thwarted the by-election halfway into the method.
He stated: “The election commenced peacefully in all of the items with all of the INEC personnel (adhoc and everlasting) with all their supplies reporting to their responsibility posts effectively forward of time.
“Nonetheless, halfway into the elections, miscreants and hoodlums accompanied by closely armed safety personnel in uniform, stormed the assorted polling items and registered areas, disrupting voting actions, destroying and carting away election supplies, together with sensible playing cards readers and poll bins. As well as, many electoral officers have been manhandled, injured and held hostage.
“On account of this widespread and wanton disruption of the electoral course of, as reported from the sector by the Supervisory Presiding Officers and Supervisors from the fee and likewise, having reviewed the state of affairs, the Fee in accordance with the provisions of Part 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), has determined to droop the elections forthwith.”
In the meantime, in keeping with info gathered by SaharaReporters, a few of the thugs concerned within the violence have been allegedly working for the Chief Safety Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike, who was stated to have disrupted the train, as a result of he sensed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate was within the lead.
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