The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has finally agreed with stakeholders on dates for the completion of the rerun in four states of the federation.
Speaking on Thursday at a national consultative forum with relevant stakeholders, the chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said the rerun in Imo and Kogi states have been scheduled for July 23 while those of Rivers and Kano states, would hold on July 30, respectively.
“However, the meeting advised the commission to further engage the stakeholders and where necessary, after due consultations, review the dates with respect to all or any of the states”.
The INEC boss stated that if the need arises to “adjust the dates due to any circumstances, we shall do so. So, nothing is cast in iron,” he said.
The INEC chairman had earlier said in his opening remark:
“For us in INEC, stakeholders engagement is central to our commitment to credible and transparent elections.You would recall that following the 2015 general election, 80 constituency elections were nullified by tribunals out of 627 election petitions filed nationwide. Majority of the elections have since been conducted by INEC”.
Yakubu also bewailed that inconclusive elections were due to the perpetration of violence in the affected states, stating that although, INEC is determined to conclude all the elections.
“In Kogi State, it was as a result of large scale disruption and physical assault of staff. In Kano State, it was suspended due to violence and intimidation of staff on duty. In Rivers State, which account for about 50 pe r cent of the 80 nullified elections, many of our staff were assaulted. One of them, Samuel Okonta, was killed. There was widespread violence”, he said.