No Rivers rerun without guaranteed security, INEC vows

Election, voters

The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that it would conduct fresh elections in areas where voting was disrupted in the violence-marred Rivers States polls of March 19.

However, the electoral body said in a statement Friday that it would never return for the fresh polls until there is an assurance of security and safety.

INEC said it would not endanger the lives of its personnel, journalists and observers and others involved in the exercise.

“INEC will, at a date to be decided, conduct fresh elections starting with accreditation and voting in all Local Government Areas, Constituencies, Registration Areas and Polling Units where the exercise was disrupted before voting was concluded on Saturday 19th March, 2016,” the statement signed by INEC’s Director of Voters’ Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said.

Even so, the commission said this would only be after due consultation with parties involved, and subject to the advice of the security agencies and guarantees by the political parties, candidates and their supporters.

“While the Commission is committed to conducting free, fair and credible elections, it hereby reiterates its resolve not to return to Rivers State (or anywhere else where there was a breakdown of law and order in the cause of conducting elections) until there is a conducive atmosphere for the conduct of credible elections. As a responsible organization, it will not expose its stakeholders especially voters, its officials, observers, media personnel to any danger and even where dates have been fixed and published, it will not hesitate to again suspend the exercise where there is a clear danger or credible threat of a breakdown of law and order,” INEC said.

The All Progressives Congress had called for total cancellation of elections in Rivers State.

But INEC said it would uphold results already declared.

“The Commission restates its earlier decision to uphold the declarations and returns made in the Federal and State Constituencies where the exercise had been concluded.

“Similarly, the Commission will conclude and make returns in constituencies where it is satisfied that voting and collation were done in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act and our Guidelines,” INEC said.

Although INEC said it acknowledged “that there were some challenges in its operational efficiency, especially as it concerns the production and customization of the result sheets used for the conduct of the election”, yet, it insisted no fake result sheet was used, dismissing allegations by PDP and APC.

“The Commission wishes to emphatically state that there were no fake result sheets or any fake materials used in the conduct of the elections,” it said.

INEC condemned the violence that characterised the elections.

“The Commission condemns in no uncertain terms all those who have been spewing hate speeches and making incendiary statements, which no doubt exacerbated an already tense situation.

“It will like to again commiserate with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the family, friends and colleagues of Samuel Dumebi Okonta, the Corps member who unfortunately lost his life in this patriotic service as a poll official. May his soul rest in peace.”

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  • agbobu

    THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST IMMEDIATELY DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE STATE. THE RECKLESS IMPUNITY IN THE STATE MUST BE SUBDUED AND AND HAND OVER THE DAY TO DAY RUNNING OF THE GOVERNMENT OF RIVERS STATE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENSENTATIVES. ALL THESE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST DO WITHOUT ANY FUTHER DALAY, IF WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE END OF OUR MUCH FOUGHT FOR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. I WARN ALLOWING THIS RECKLESS IMPUNITY TO GO UNCHALLENGED WILL SPELL DOOM AND DISASTER

    • CHRIST, THE KING

      That was the reason your APC, were busy fermenting trouble to archive theire devilish intention for state of emergency.

      • Paul Young

        so suddenly all Nigerians are either PDP or APC? I never knew that

  • justin

    Chai Nigeria under PMB is in total mess. What a high level of incompetence by a 73 year old man, who has vied for presidency three good times . Coming to lead a country with diverse cultural believes and values with tribal sense, is your worst mistake PMB.

    • shinesunny

      I blame the nigerian police not buhari

  • ayobamiba

    For Gos sake whose responsibility is it to guarantee security in rivers state?
    Just 10 months on the saddle, buhari have ran Nigeria aground.
    See what this fraudulent change have turned our nation into,even inec have now become another sad commentary of buharis incompetent ,myopic and failed leadership.all this almajiri somersaults is only aimed at destabilizing rivers state simply because they voted a resounding NO to APC axis of evil party. I warned Nigeria when buhari was congregating mental dwarfs,hollow minds and free educated products as his change team. God blessed Nigeria with abundance of human and material resources but buharis belief in a malicious evil formular of 97%+5% wouldnt allow him to tap from what God in His infinite mercy have endowed nigeria with. buhari have brought Nigeria down completely. No aspect of Nigeria is left not bastardized and undermined by this class incompetence and malicious inclinations to governance. May God Almighty do a quick fix in Nigeria ,put this guys to a resounding shame and deliver our nation from this pit of disaster. So help our nation Oh God,and restore again the glory of our land. See how once applauded national economic retreat has turned a massive junk with hollow minds,mental dwarfs and myopic imbeciles as apc resource persons .what a pity.even the preparing and passing of budget has become another journey to the moon because of incompetence and class leadership failure.may God give buhari wisdom and grace to extricate himself from this mentalities and mind set that have destroyed a once aspiring nation within just 10 months and have caused a big gulf of division, disenchantment and discord in a once united nation . .may God help buhari to seek and get help for Nigeria because these APC champions are all junk .

  • shinesunny

    The over 6k policemen drafted to River state to forestall breakdown of law and order didn’t live up to expectation.And they will receive their allowances for ineptitude.I blame the Nigerian police for their incompetence to carryout their constitutional duty.They only know how to arrest innocent citizens after the perpetrators of crimes have escaped

  • favourtalk

    Yess, until they decided to stop killing themselves and rise above the lies of PDP

  • favourtalk

    Unless they stop killing themselves

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