INEC to resume collation of Rivers governorship election results on April 2

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said collation and announcement of gubernatorial election results in Rivers State would take place between April 2 and 5.

The commission had on March 10, 2019, suspended all electoral processes in Rivers State, having discovered that there was widespread disruption of collation of results of the elections conducted on March 9, following the invasion of the collation centre in Port Harcourt by soldiers.

The electoral body had set up a Fact-Finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours. The committee later established that the governorship and state assembly elections in the state took place in most of the polling units and results were announced.

The committee also established that the results from 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) out of 23 LGAs in the state were available in the commission’s custody.

It also noted that the declaration and returns for 21 state constituencies out of 32 were made prior to the suspension.

The electoral body, therefore, assured that it would issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion of the election on March 20, 2019.

However, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, while addressing a press conference Thursday in Abuja, said that the Certificates of Return for the governors-elect would be presented by supervising National Commissioners of the respective states between March 27 and 29, 2019.

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