By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that it was not in a hurry to conclude the legislative re-run elections in Rivers State.
The commission said the conditions it set out for the conclusion of the exercise had not been met, hence its resolve to steer clear of Rivers State.
Since the March 19 polls which were marred by violence, INEC had said it would no longer risk the lives of its personnel and other stakeholders by venturing into areas that are prone to electoral violence.
INEC had on March 25 suspended action on the exercise in Rivers State. Thus, out of the 37 senatorial, federal and state constituencies where elections were ordered to take place, INEC was only able to collate and declare results in one federal and nine state constituencies where the disruption and malpractices were not so widespread.
In a telephone chat with Vanguard, INEC’s Director in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi restated the commission’s earlier decision to stay away from Rivers State.
“We gave certain conditions and they have not been met. Once the conditions are met, INEC would sit and decide on a date,” he said.