The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has suspended electoral processes in Rivers State, based on reports from its officials in the field.
INEC, said it has determined that there has been widespread disruption of elections conducted on the 9th day of March 2019 in Rivers State.
This was revealed in a statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq., on Sunday.
According to him, “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 result sheets have either been seized or destroyed by unauthorized persons.
“In addition, safety of our staff appears to be in jeopardy all over the state and the Commission is concerned about the credibility of the process”.
He further noted that at a meeting held today 10th March 2019, the Commission 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”, he added.
He appealed to the people of Rivers State, particularly the voters, for their understanding, while INEC looks into the circumstances of these disruptions and what further actions needs to be taken.