By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday, in Abuja expressed its committment to conclude the suspended elections in Rivers, Imo, Kogi and Kano states not later than July 31, 2016.
The elections were earlier disrupted by violence, forcing INEC to cancel the polls and pull out its staff.
INEC, however, gave a caveat. It said provided that all necessary consultations and activities leading to the elections were concluded on time and that conditions were conducive enough for the conduct of the elections.
In a statement issued and signed by the Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, the Commission reiterated that in spite of this commitment, “it would not return to conduct elections or hesitate to further postpone or discontinue the suspended elections in any area where there was imminent threat to lives or to peace or security, especially where such threats were likely to lead to breakdown of law and order”.
The Commission which issued a road map for the resolution of the crisis and violence which led to the suspension of the elections in the affected areas said it would fix the dates for the elections following consultations with political parties and candidates.
Meanwhile, INEC has scheduled the Continous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise for Edo and Ondo States from Wednesday, 22nd June to Sunday, 26th June 2016.
According to the Commission’s Decision Extract issued on 26th May 2016 and signed by the Director, Commission’s Secretariat, Ishaku A. Gali, the Commission has also scheduled Monday, 27th June 2016 as the conclusion of Claims and Objections.