The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated its commitment to conclude the suspended elections in Rivers, Imo, Kogi and Kano states, which were disrupted by violence not later than 31st July, 2016.
This disclosure is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, the INEC Director, Voter Education and Publicity.
The statement read: “Further to the earlier statements by the Commission on the disrupted Re-run, Supplementary and bye-elections in Rivers, Imo, Kogi and Kano States, the INEC hereby issues this statement drawing a road-map to the resolution of the crises and violence which led to the postponement of the elections in the affected areas.”
“The Commission has received several submissions from political parties, candidates and interest groups, and has had preliminary consultations with security agencies on the way forward.
“Having considered all these, and after its own preliminary investigations, the Commission has identified the need for more structured stakeholders’ engagement by it and the security agencies, especially with key players in the affected states.
“The commission also identified the need for the active involvement of organisations and groups with expertise in peace building and conflict management and resolution.
“The commission also hopes that conditions will be conducive enough for the conduct of the elections, not later than the end of July, 2016.’’
The Commissioner issued a road map and timeline for the process leading to the conduct of the elections and sought the cooperation of all stakeholders.