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FW: INEC suspends elections in Rivers state

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended all elections in Rivers State till further notice. In a press statement signed by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee, the institution said the governorship and state assembly elections witnessed widespread disruptions in different polling units in the state.

“Based on reports from our officials in the field, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has determined that there has been widespread disruption of elections conducted on the 9th day of March 2019 in Rivers State.

“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 unauthorised persons.

“In addition, the safety of our staff appears to be in jeopardy all over the state, and the commission is concerned about the credibility of the process,” INEC said.

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