The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) pronounced yesterday that there would be no rerun election in Rivers State until there the security and wellbeing of life and property can be ensured.
The commission which is as yet hurting from the savagery that damaged a week ago’s National/State legislative re-run election in the state said it would lead new election in regions where voting was upset amid the rerun,under no situation would it open anybody’s life to hazard for the sake of election.
A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) part on decision obligations amid the rerun,Okonta Samuel Dumebi was shot dead amid the savagery.
He was one of the few so murdered.
“INEC will, at a date to be chosen, lead new election beginning with accreditation and voting in all Local Government Areas, Constituencies, Registration Areas and Polling Units where the activity was disturbed before voting was finished up on Saturday nineteenth March, 2016,” INEC’s Director of Voters’ Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said in an announcement.
“While the Commission is focused on leading free, reasonable and solid election, it therefore emphasizes its determination not to come back to Rivers State (or anyplace else where there was a breakdown of lawfulness in the reason for directing election) until there is a helpful environment for the behaviour of dependable election. As a dependable association, it won’t uncover its partners particularly voters, its authorities, eyewitnesses, media faculty to any peril and even where dates have been altered and distributed, it won’t delay to again suspend the activity where there is an unmistakable risk or believable danger of a breakdown of peace,” INEC said.
The Commission restated its choice to maintain the assertions and returns made in the Federal and State Constituencies where the activity had been concluded,adding:”Similarly, the Commission will finish up and make returns in electorates where it is fulfilled that voting and gathering were done in generous consistence with the Electoral Act and our Guidelines,” INEC said.
It recognized a few difficulties in its operational productivity, particularly as it concerns the generation and customization of the outcome sheets utilized for the behavior of the election yet demanded that no fake result sheet was utilized as claimed by PDP and APC.
The commission which is still smarting from the violence that marred last week’s National/State legislative re-run elections in the state said it would conduct fresh elections in areas where voting was disrupted during the rerun,under no circumstance would it expose anyone’s life to risk in the name of election.
A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member on election duties during the rerun,Okonta Samuel Dumebi was shot dead during the violence.