Breaking: INEC reveals next plan on Rivers governorship, state assembly elections

Breaking: INEC reveals next plan on Rivers governorship, state assembly elections

- INEC has released its next plan on how to address the suspended elections in River state

- The electoral commission said it has confirmed that the results from 17 local governments out of 23 are available

- The commission also said it has confirmed that the declaration and returns for 21 state constituencies out of 32 were made prior to the suspension

- The electoral umpire, therefore, concluded that it will issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion of the election on Wednesday, March 20

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed the next step on how it is going to handle the Rivers state elections which were suspended on Sunday, March 10.

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In a statement issued Friday night, March 15, in Abuja and signed by INEC's national commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, the commission said its fact-finding committee has confirmed that the governorship and state assembly elections took place in most of the polling units and results were announced.

It also confirmed that the results from 17 local governments out of 23 are available and are in the commission’s custody.

The commission added that it has confirmed that the declaration and returns for 21 state constituencies out of 32 were made prior to the suspension.

It, therefore, concluded that it will issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion of the election on Wednesday, March 20.

The electoral body expressed its determination to ensure the conclusion of the election process very soon.

Read the statement in full: “On the 10th of March 2019, the commission suspended all electoral processes in Rivers state having determined that there was widespread disruption of collation of results of the elections conducted on the 9th day of March 2019. Subsequently, the commission set up a Fact-Finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.

“The commission met on the 15th day of March 2019 and considered the report of the Committee and established the following:

“That the governorship and state assembly elections took place in most of the polling units and results were announced.

“That the results from 17 local governments out of 23 are available and are in the commission’s custody.

“That the declaration and returns for 21 state constituencies out of 32 were made prior to the suspension.

“That collation centres were invaded by some soldiers and armed gangs resulting in the intimidation and unlawful arrest of election officials thereby disrupting the collation process.

“Consequent upon the foregoing, the commission:

“Expresses its displeasure with the role played by some soldiers and armed gangs in Rivers state disrupting the collation process and attempting to subvert the will of the people.

“Is committed to expeditious completion of the collation process where results of the elections have been announced.

“Will engage the security agencies at national level and the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee at the State level to demand neutrality and professionalism of security personnel in order to secure a peaceful environment for the completion of the elections.

“Will also engage with key stakeholders in Rivers state with a view to ensuring a smooth and peaceful completion of the process.

“Will issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion of the election on Wednesday March 20th, 2019”.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a meeting was summoned by INEC to receive and consider the report of a fact-finding team it sent to Rivers state over the stalemated governorship election in the state.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the electoral umpire would receive the report on Friday, March 15, after which chairman of the commission and his team would consider the findings and make a pronouncement.

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