Wed, Oct 04, 2023

INEC promises to play by the rules in Rivers re-run

INEC promises to play by the rules in Rivers re-run

The Independent National Electoral commission, INEC said it would strictly abide by professional ethics in the conduct of the outstanding legislative elections in Rivers state.

May Agbamuche –Mbu  the INEC National Commissioner in Charge of Rivers and Bayelsa stated this on Friday in Okehi.

Agbamuche–Mbu made the pledge while delivering sensitive electoral materials at INEC office at Okehi in Etche local government area of the state.

She stated that since corps members would not be involved in the conduct of the February 25, conclusive legislative re-run elections in Etche, INEC would be very meticulous in ensuring  the success of the exercise.

The Commissioner noted that INEC had provided adequate staff to cover all the areas in the conduct of the re-run elections in Etche.

Agbamuche stressed that in order to mobilise enough manpower for the elections, some of the staff of the commission in Bayelsa and Cross River have been drafted to Etche.

She said that the sensitive materials were delivered to Etche under tight security, adding that the commission would ensure safe distribution of the materials to their final destinations.

The Commissioner said she understood the plight of the leadership of the NYSC for its inability to involve corps members in the conduct of the rerun elections in Etche.

Agbamuche promised that INEC would ensure free, fair and credible re-run elections in Etche on Saturday.

She urged all stakeholders participating in the elections to conduct themselves properly in a bid to ensure success of the exercise.

In his remarks, the  Resident Electoral Commissioner, for Rivers, Aniedi Ikoiwac said that despite the non involvement of corps members, INEC has adequate manpower to conduct the elections.

He noted that the security agencies have assured the Commission and stakeholders of providing adequate security.

The Rivers INEC boss disclosed that there would be restriction of movement in Etche local government area, adding that he would confirm the time the restriction would start.

He said that he was impressed with the security arrangements, adding that the Commission took delivery of the sensitive materials at the Central Bank in the presence of party agents.

Voters are expected to go to the polls on Saturday to elect a member of the House of Representatives and another for the State House of Assembly.

The election was earlier in 2016 postponed due to  violence during its conduct.


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