INEC Postpones Rivers Elections – The rerun of the legislative elections in Rivers state have been postponed for the second time.
The polls were originally set to hold in March, but were postponed due to reports of violence. The same reports have now caused them to be postponed again, according to a statement by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s secretary, Mrs Augusta Gakwu.
The decision to postpone the elections comes one week after the INEC office in the state got burnt. The statement reads in part:
“As a responsible organisation and conscious of the violence, maiming and fatalities which accompanied the previous election in March as well as developments in the state since then, the commission cannot ignore such credible reports.
“In the circumstances, therefore, it is compelled to further postpone the rerun legislative elections in Rivers State as one of the principal conditions earlier stipulated for the return of the state for the conclusion of the election has, regrettably, not been met.
“This, the commission holds, is also a collective responsibility to be borne by all political actors irrespective of political positions and affiliations. If the goal of political contests is to serve the people, then there is no greater service than ensuring, at all costs, the preservation of the lives of the people whom such services would be rendered.”