Just in: DSS denies working against electoral process in Rivers

Just in: DSS denies working against electoral process in Rivers

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied that it was instructed to work against the completion of the electoral process in Rivers state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) had suspended the collation of the March 23 governorship elections in Rivers.

The commission has fixed April 2 and 5 for collation, announcement of the results already generated while there would be supplementary elections on April 15 in some areas in the state.

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Peter Afunanya, public relations officer of the service disclosed this in a statement on Friday, March 29, in Abuja.

He said that the service was not under any instruction from any quarter to work against the process as alleged.

“As a professional agency, it will continue to adhere to the principles of justice and fairness,” he said.

Afunanya said that this was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on non interference in the electoral process.

The spokesman said the service would partner with sister security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure a level playing ground for all the contestants.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that at least 70 registered Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Rivers state in the evening of Thursday, March 28, alerted the government and security agencies to some alleged impersonators of their various organizations.

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According to the CSOs, the impersonators, who were politically motivated, engaged in protests against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the state government.

Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC released schedule of activities for the resumption of election in River state.

The electoral body had suspended electoral processes in the state on March 10, following reported violence.

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Source: Legit

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