Sunday, 17 March 2019

INEC Fact-Findings Decries Military Intervention In Rivers Guber Poll As PDP Says Report Justifies Its Stand

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The Independent National Electoral Commission’s Fact-findings mission to rivers state has come out with its report where it decries military intervention in the March 9 governorship and state house of Assembly in river state.
Unveiling its findings, the INEC National commissioner and chairman information and voters education  committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement in Abuja Friday night said that INEC Remains committed to the completion of the collation process where results of the election have been announced

Okoye regretted 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,” adding that the commission will “engage with key stakeholders in Rivers State with a view to ensuring a smooth and peaceful completion of the process.” 
The national commissioner, who said results from 17 of the 23 local councils in the state were in its custody, added that the commission at its meeting on Friday, considered the report of the Fact-Finding Committee set up to assess the situation in the state.
The commission had on March 10 suspended all electoral processes in Rivers State, it has also observed there was widespread disruption of collation of results of the elections conducted in the state on March 9.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State says the report of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has justified its stand, the PDP State Chairman, Felix Obuah, while reacting to the report, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, said the content was a substantial representation of the true state of the electoral process before the suspension of the elections on March 10.

However, the governorship candidate of African Action Congress (AAC), Mr Awara Biokpmabo, who enjoys strong backing of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he was unaware of any committee report from INEC, and that he didn’t know the source of PDP’s claim.”
But a press release posted by INEC Rivers on Friday, and signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated: “After a thorough and holistic review of the report and findings of its Committee, INEC has in a release on the night of Friday, March 15, 2019, made three fundamental verdicts on the elections in Rivers State, as follows:
“It has the complete collated results of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in 17 Local Government Areas of the State in safe custody.

“Twenty-one out of 32 state constituency results had already been declared and returned as elected prior to when it suspended the electoral process in the State, and it would on March 20, 2019 issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion of the election in the state.”

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