© 2019 - International Centre for Investigative Reporting
INEC suspends election in Rivers over widespread violence
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended all electoral processes in Rivers State over widespread violence that marred voting and collation of results in the Saturday’s gubernatorial and state house of assembly election in the state.
INEC, in a statement, said the decision to suspend the electoral processes was taken today after a meeting, adding that violence marred the exercise in a substantial number of polling units and collation centres.
According to INEC, electoral officers had been taken hostage while results were destroyed.
INEC said a committee has been set up to examine the situations in the state and report back within 48 hours.
— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) March 10, 2019
Reports alleged that soldiers were involved in the disruption of election in the state.
British High Commission to Nigeria expressed concern over the involvement of soldiers in the election.
Extremely concerned by reports, including from @UKinnigeria observers, of military interference in the election process in Rivers State. Monitoring the situation closely. @inecng staff must be allowed to do their job in safety, without intimidation.
— UK in Nigeria🇬🇧 (@UKinNigeria) March 10, 2019