INEC CONFIRMS INVASION OF COLLATION CENTRES BY SOLDIERS IN RIVERS GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION; TO ANNOUNCE NEW DATE FOR COMPLETION OF POLLS.

INEC CONFIRMS INVASION OF COLLATION CENTRES BY SOLDIERS IN RIVERS GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION; TO ANNOUNCE NEW DATE  FOR COMPLETION OF POLLS.

Chinwe Ugele

Contrary to denials by the Nigerian Army that soldiers were never involved in election disruption in Rivers state, INEC has come out to say their findings say otherwise.

In a statement signed by the National commissioner and chairman, Information and voter education committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, the commission observed that some soldiers in the company of some armed persons invaded collation centres, intimidated their officials and even arrested some of them.

This according to the report of the committee set up to investigate the Rivers state elections led to the disruption of collation.

They announced that results of 17 out of 23 LGA’s are available and in the commission’s custody, adding that already results for 21 state constituencies had been declared before the suspension.

The commission frowned at the role of some soldiers on the election day in Rivers state where they allegedly tried to subvert the will of the electorate.

Accordingly, INEC has resolved to allow for the election process to be continued and concluded on a new date it will announce by Wednesday, 20th March.

Chinwe Ugele

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