The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained that the electoral process in Rivers State was suspended due to violence and threat to life.
The electoral body had declared the election in Rivers State inconclusive after suspending the collation of results for Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly elections due to electoral malpractice in the state.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, Rotimi Oyekanmi, the commission noted that the violence forced the election to be suspended.
The statement reads in part: “In Rivers, the Commission was forced to suspend the election due to violence and threats to life, as a result of which it constituted a Fact Finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.
“In a couple of other states where a declaration was not immediately made, the elections did not meet the threshold required for such a declaration.
“The Commission will take the appropriate action prescribed by the law and make a declaration.”
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