The Independent National Election Commission, (INEC) has concluded that it will issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion of the Rivers State election on the 20th of March, 2019.
This was contained in a press release dated the 15th of March, 2019, under the designation of the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq., which was made available to TheNigerialawyer (TNL).
TNL recalls that pursuant to the suspension of the electoral processes in Rivers State on the 10th of March, 2019, that there was widespread disruption of collation of results of the elections conducted on the 9th day of March, 2019, the Commission set up a fact-finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.
Following the meeting on the 15th day of March, 2019, the Committee resolved 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 Government 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.
The Commission further held that it expresses displeasure over the invasion, that it is committed to expeditious completion of the collation process where results of the elections have been announced, and that it will engage stakeholders and the security agencies at the National level to ensure the conduction of a free and free election.
Based on the findings, the Commission is expected to issue a new timeline for the completion of poll for the Rivers gubernatorial poll.