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INEC sets new date for collation, declaration of Guber result in Rivers

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set a new date for the collation and the declaration of results of the 2019 governorship election in Rivers State. 

The collation of the result will resume between April 2 and 5, while the declaration of the final result will be made known between April 13 and April 15.

Festus Okoye, the INEC  commissioner for information and voter education, disclosed this at a press briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

At the briefing, Okoye outlined the scheduled activities to address the issue of surrounding Rivers election, and to make an official declaration of the winner.

He said there would be an inter-agency meeting between the commission and other relevant agencies on March 29 in the state.

Also, the INEC spokesperson said the re-validation of observers will be done simultaneously in Abuja and Rivers between March 25 and March 31.

On March 30, the commission said it will have a meeting with critical actors after which the headquarters of the commission will release a guideline for the continuation of the process.

INEC also include that the collation of results will resume in the state between April 2 and April 5. On April 13, the commission disclosed that there would be a supplementary election in Local government areas where elections had not held.

While the declaration of the final results would be made between April 13 and 15, the announcement of the successful candidate would be made known on April 15.

After this, the commission will issue the certificate of return to the winner on April 19.

The Rivers State election process was suspended by the Commission on March 10, stating that, violence marred the exercise in a substantial number of polling units and collation centres.

During the collation of the results, INEC also claimed that the centres were invaded by some soldiers and armed gangs resulting in the intimidation and unlawful arrest of election officials thereby disrupting the collation process.

The commission said 17 of the 23 Local Government areas’ results are available and safe in its custody.

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