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INEC suspends election in Rivers state

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the governorship and state house of assembly polls in Rivers state on Saturday.

The electoral body made the disclosure in a statement it released on its official Twitter handle, @inecnigeria
The statement reads partly: ” Based on reports from our officials in the filed, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has determined that there has been widespread disruption of elections conducted on the 9th day of March 2019 in Rivers State.

“These initial reports suggest that violence occurred in a substantial number of polling units and collation centres, staff have been taken hostage and materials including results sheets have either been seized or destroyed by unauthorised persons. In addition, the safety of our staff appears to be in jeopardy all over the state and the Commission is concerned about the credibility of the process.”

“Consequently, at a meeting held today 10th March 2019, the Commission has decided to suspend all electoral processes in the State until further notice.

“This is in line with Section 26 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and Clause 47 (e) of the Regulations and Guidelines of the Commission.

The Commission has also established a Fact-Finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours. We appeal to the people of Rivers State, particularly the voters, for their understanding as we look into the circumstances of these disruptions and what further action needs to be taken.” he said

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