INEC Set to Conclude Suspended Rivers’ Election in October





The Independent National Electoral Commission has stated
its readiness to conclude the suspended Federal and State
Constituency re-run elections in Rivers in October.
This was contained in INEC’s daily bulletin issued on
Monday in Abuja.
The bulletin quoted INEC National Commissioner in charge
of Electoral Operations, Hajiya Amina Zakari, as expressing
the Commission’s resolve when she addressed stakeholders
in Port Harcourt.
Zakari said that INEC needed the cooperation of
stakeholders, especially members of the political class, to
conclude the elections.
Zakari said INEC remained a non-partisan body that was
only interested in strengthening Nigeria’s democracy by
providing political parties and contestants a level playing
field.
She said that the commission was worried that some parts
of Rivers State had no representation at the National and
State Assemblies.
Zakari said that it necessitated the convening of the forum
to discuss issues emanating from the conduct of the May
19 re-run elections which were suspended as a result of
violence.
She said that the “cooling off” period was allowed by the
commission to restrategise on how to return to the affected
areas to conclude the elections.
The commissioner said that the March 19 re-run elections
were suspended at various stages of post-collation, pre-
collation and during collation, due to the prevailing violence
then.
She said that the elections could not be concluded because
of security reasons and the non-compliance of the political
class with the peace resolution signed by them on July 21.
Zakari said that in spite of the efforts of mediators, the
conditions earlier set as pre requisite for the conduct of the
elections by the Commission were not met in Rivers State
She said that the elections in Imo and Kano States were
conducted because they satisfied INEC’s conditions.
The bulletin also quoted, the INEC National Commissioner
supervising the South-South Zone, Dr Mohammed Lecky, as
saying that INEC “is ready to conclude the re-run elections
once the security situation improved”.
Lecky appealed to politicians to ensure that the atmosphere
was conducive for the elections to be concluded.
It also quoted the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, Mr
Francis Odesanya as informing all of the readiness of the
security agencies to provide a level playing field for the re-
run elections.
Odesanya also promised to ensure adequate security during
the elections.
(NAN)

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