Breaking: INEC cancels, reschedules elections in Bonny, Rivers state

Breaking: INEC cancels, reschedules elections in Bonny, Rivers state

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cancelled the February 23, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Bonny local government area of Rivers state.

Election in Bonny LGA was rescheduled for a later date after voting reportedly failed to take off in the morning as expected.

The commission’s spokesperson in Rivers state, Edwin Enabor, who confirmed the development said the commission will pick a new date for the election in the LGA to hold, Premium Times reports.

Enabor, while speaking on the postponement in the LGA said: “In Bonny, there was no election at all. The exercise there has been postponed. It will hold on another day."

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The decision was made after protesting APC members stopped election materials and ad hocs from leaving the INEC office. The APC supporters accused INEC of deploying fake ballot paper in the state.

Also, in Okrika, Rivers state, there was a ward where election could not hold today, Enabor said sensitive materials for the was diverted.

He said: “Therefore voting did not hold in the affected registration area (ward).

“The position of the commission is that election will be conducted separately for that registration area later.”

Meanwhile, earlier reported that about 15 people were allegedly shot dead in Rivers state during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

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According to Independent, the victims lost their lives in violence that erupted at Akuku Toru local government area of the state. cannot independently verify the authenticity of the report or ascertain the cause of the violence.

According to the report, the voting process was affected by the development.

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