The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a timeline for the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Rivers state.
INEC’s national commissioner in charge of information and voter education, Festus Okoye, announced this during a press conference on Thursday, March 21, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Channels TV reports.
He disclosed that the electoral body has decided to resume the collation and announcement of results in the state between April 2 and 5.
Okoye explained that INEC would conduct supplementary election where necessary, and in some constituencies not affected by litigation on April 13.
Afterwards, he said the issuance of all outstanding certificates of return would be concluded on April 19.
According to the INEC official, the commission will hold an inter-agency security meeting on March 29, after which guidelines would be issued on the election.
He further revealed that INEC would deploy national commissioners in various states where supplementary election would take place, to monitor the process and present certificates of return to the winners.
Recall that INEC had suspended all electoral processes in Rivers on March 10, following reports of widespread disruption of elections in the state.
Meanwhile, Adamawa state high court sitting in Yola has ordered INEC not to conduct the supplementary governorship election pending the determination of a counter affidavit filed by the electoral body challenging the statutory jurisdiction of the court to entertain a post-election matter.
Justice Abdulaziz Waziri adjourned the mater till next week Tuesday, March 26, for ruling.
Legit.ng gathered that the judge cited personal health condition as the reason for the adjournment.
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