INEC restates readiness for rivers re-run elections

Vin Oliji, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says accreditation and voting will take place simultaneously  during the Saturday’s  re-run elections in Rivers State, Southern Nigeria.

The chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu  stated this at a joint press  briefing with the Inspector General of police in Abuja.

Professor Yakubu noted that the elections will start from 8am to 6pm local time while the collation of results at the polling units will commence in earnest as soon as the last person on the queue has voted.

“In order to enhance the overall supervision of the election, INEC   is deploying three national commissioners and six  resident electoral commissioners for  election duty  in Rivers state” he said.

He remarked that the elections will hold in all the 23 local Government Areas of the state  comprising 319 wards and 5,942 poling units.

The INEC chairman pointed out that the commission has engaged 24,930 adhoc staff drawn from the National Youth Service Corps NYSC  who will serve as presiding officers and assistant presiding officers respectively.

“We have also engaged the serve of 379 collation officers and 37 returning g officers from three tertiary Institutions in the country”, he said.

Professor Yakubu informed that both sensitive and non- sensitive materials have been deployed for the elections that will take place in three senatorial district, twelve federal constituencies and twenty two state constituencies in the state.

For his part, the Inspector General of police, Mr. Solomon Arase warned that police will not condone any act capable of disrupting the elections.

“I must state with maximum emphasis, that while the security framework to be emplaced will be civil enough to protect all political actors across party divides, it will also be potent enough to deal firmly, swiftly and professionally with any individual regardless of his or her political leaning or status who may want to test the will of the enforcement agents by threatening public order during the elections”, he said.

Mr. Arase noted that restriction of movement in the state starts from 6am to 5pm local time and appealed to the public to respect the long arm of the law during the elections.