At least 4 killed in polling station melee, amid reports of widespread voting- malpractice
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has determined that there has been widespread disruption of elections conducted on the 9″ day of March 2019 in Rivers State.
According to initial reports by INEC 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.
Consequently, at a meeting held today 10″ of 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, said Festus Okoye Esq National Commissioner and Chairman.
The Commission has also established a Fact-Finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.
According to Per Second News findings no fewer than 4 people have been reported killed.
The UK Government has condemned military interference in the March 9 governorship and State House of Assembly elections in Rivers State.
Extremely concerned by reports, including from @UKinnigeria observers, of military interference in the election process in Rivers State, said the UK government.
“Monitoring the situation closely. @inecng staff must be allowed to do their job in safety, without intimidation,” a tweet from @UKinNigeria read.