INEC probes allegations of election fraud in Rivers

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has begun investigation of allegation of malpractices in Saturday’s elections in Rivers State.

The All Progressives Congress, Sunday, had petitioned INEC, demanding outright cancellation and rescheduling of the presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State.

“The parody of election held in Rivers State on Saturday was characterised by deliberate non release of result sheets to nearly all the centres, active collaboration and collusion of the INEC staff with the People’s Democratic Party in undermining the credibility of the election,” APC said in the signed by its state chairman, Davies Ikanya.

In a statement signed by its Secretary, Augusta Ogakwu on Monday, INEC said it had commissioned a fact-finding team, consisting of three of its national commissioners, Lai Olorode, Thelma Iremirem and Hammanga M.K., to investigate the APC petition.

The statement read: “Further to the allegation made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday 28th March, 2015 in Rivers state and its call for the cancellation of the exercise, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set up a fact finding mission to ascertain the veracity of the claims and allegations and to advice the Commission and the Chief Electoral Commissioner/Returning Officer for the Presidential election.”

It added that the team had departed Rivers State and they were expected to submit their report before the end of the collation of results.

Following the consideration of the report, the Commission will make its decision known, the statement added.

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