Two persons have been feared dead as serious gunfight erupt at Luawii community area in Tai LGA,
— High Elf of Igala (@i_am_Anomeli) December 10, 2016
SARS invade polling unit, kill voter
Suspected members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, have allegedly invaded a polling unit in Bodo, Gokana LGA of Rivers state where they shot sporadically in the air before carting away election materials. Reports also indicated that a voter was killed in the process while others were earlier on ordered to lie down by the hoodlums in SARS uniforms.
— Reports Afrique News (@reportsafrique) 10 December 2016
*PDP, APC agents commend INEC, peaceful election
Agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ward 8 Unit 1, Rumumasi, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers, have commended INEC for peaceful rerun election in the area.
The agents, who spoke at the polling unit, said that INEC had proved its readiness to conduct a free and fair election in the area.
*Amaechi, security team go after hoodlum who hijacked electoral materials
Some gunmen have invaded unit 16 in Ubima ward 8, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, the home of Chibuike Amaechi and hijacked electoral material.
The unidentified gunmen led by a man simply identified as Presido, shot severally to scare voters before carting away all the electoral materials at the unit, just after Sir Celestine Omehia has concluded voting.
Meanwhile, Chibuike Amaechi has led a team of security in search of the hoodlums. The situation has caused tension in the area.
Don’t come with money to polling units or… – Police tell voters
The Nigerian police in Rivers on Saturday warned voters not to come with money to polling units to guard against such money being used to influence voters. The police equally commenced Stop and Search operation on vehicles plying various roads in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
*Breaking: INEC cancels election in Ward 9 over violence, material snatching
Reports not yet confirmed indicated that INEC has canceled the election in ward 9 unit 3 of Ogu/Bolo LGA over election violence and material snatching. Some party supporters had carted away result sheets in the unit, raising accusation between APC and PDP claiming the other masterminded the illegal acts.
Also, violence reportedly broke out at St. Pius College, Bodo community, Gokana LGA while operatives of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) were reported to have clashed with youths of Beera community in Gokana LGA.
*Panic as original result sheet misses at Amaechi’s unit
There is panic at unit 14 ward 8, Ubima community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, the unit of the Transportation Minister, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, as it has been discovered that Form EC8A is missing.
Election has been suspended. This was discovered after Amaechi had visited.
The Presiding Officer Siminore Oshinokho said the form was misplaced. This caused panic leading to manhandling of a journalist.
He said he has contacted the EO to send it.
*Rivers re-run polls: Party supporters protest, accuse INEC of bias
Some political party supporters in Ahoada-West council area on Saturday protested against alleged bias by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the legislative rerun elections in Rivers.
The supporters claimed that the election materials sent to polling units were fake and would not be allowed to be used for the exercise.
*Residents embark on clean-up in non-election area
Residents of Elioparanwo community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers observed the re-run legislative election with clean-up exercise.
The community is not affected by the re-run election.
Some residents were seen clearing the drains while others cut grasses to clean their homes and streets.
A resident, Mr Emmanuel Chuku, said he mobilized people in their street to clear the blocked drains, cut over grown grasses and remove piles of garbage’s that littered the area.
“ We decided to do clean-up exercise since our area is not voting. We used the opportunity to mobilize people to join the exercise.
*The polling units in Ogale, Alesa and Aledo in Eleme council areas also witnessed late arrival of voting materials, which affected early commencement of balloting.
*Voting had been stalled in ward 9, unit 3, of Ogu/Bolo, following the activities of suspected hoodlums, who allegedly carted away some polling materials.
Re-run election: Voting begins late in Gokonna, Eleme
Voting did not begin early in various wards and units in Gokanna and Eleme council areas in Rivers.
Voting yet to commence in Ward 9, Unit 3, Ogubolo local government area
1) Accreditation, voting commences
2)Wike deploys drones to monitor elections
3)Two chased, arrested and handcuffed for carting away election materials
3)APC candidate, Magnus Abe carrives polling unit
4)Party supporters accuse INEC of sending fake election materials to some units
5) Late arrival of materials delay voting in some polling units, wards
Rivers election Update: As early as 8.am, voters trooped out en mass across the various polling units in Rivers state to exercise their franchise in the state’s re-run election.
At Tai Local Government Area, both accreditation and voting are ongoing in Nonwa unit 13. Voting has equally commenced at Gokana LGA and the atmosphere is peaceful.
However, as at 10.30am, election materials and INEC Officials were yet to arrive at any of the PUs in OPUOKO/KALAOKO Ward, KHANA LGA.
Also, low turnout of voters has been reported at Alesa in Eleme LGA.
However, Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike is alleged to be monitoring the elections with drones. One of the drones is spotted hovering over some polling units while the election process is ongoing.
— LeadersNG (@LeadersNG) 10 December 2016
Also, Voters are reportedly casting their votes into sack bags in PU32/11/13/012, Ulakwo Ward, Etche LGA due to lack of ballot boxes from INEC.
— Situation Room (@SituationRoomNg) 10 December 2016
Also, alleged two APC supporters were claimed to have snatched result sheets at Elele Unit 003 but were chased, overpowered and caught by alleged PDP supporters who then handed the two over to the Police. The suspects are seen in the pictures below handcuffed.
Also, the APC candidate for Rivers east senatorial district, Magnus Abe, has arrived Eleme to cast his vote. In the pictures, Abe is seen being accompanied by his wife and supporters.
Also, some party supporters have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of sending fake election materials to some units. The supporters claimed that the election materials sent to polling units were fake and would not be allowed to be used for the exercise.
The party faithful chanted slogans such as “ we no gree’’, no result sheet, no election’’, “our votes must count.’’
The supporters said they had lost confidence on INEC’s ability to conduct a free, fair and credible election in the area.
Meanwhile, INEC Deputy Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Nick Dazang, denied the allegations, saying INEC could not have deployed fake election materials for any election.
“How can INEC deploy fake election materials of which we are the custodian of our materials?
In a telephone interview, Mr. Dazang said that “what happened in Ahoada-West is that some result sheets were snatched and from available report, the result sheets have been replaced.
“INEC cannot deploy fake result sheets. It is like saying Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is producing fake currency. Is this possible?”
As Rivers people vote in the legislative re-run elections, late arrival of materials has delayed commencement of voting in some wards and units in the state. The wards and units affected include; Eleme, Ahoada-West, Etche, Bonny, Tai and Ikwerre Local Governments Areas.