A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Port Harcourt - The Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers said on Friday that it did not release
voters’ registers to the State Independent Electoral Commission to conduct
The state electoral commission had said it would use the
voters’ registers from INEC for the May 23 council polls.
In a statement in Port Harcourt, the INEC’s Administrative
Secretary in Rivers, Mr Roy Obijuru, denied releasing the registers to the
state electoral body for the election.
"INEC wishes to state categorically that at no time did we
release voters’ registers to RSIEC as claimed in the news item being aired by
some media houses.
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"To put the record straight, INEC Rivers received a letter
on the April 28 on the pending suit between Peoples Democratic Party verses
INEC and four others from Mr Chima Aguma, counsel to PDP,” Obijuru said.
According to him, the suit was heard on April 29 by Justice
Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.
Obijuru said Mr Belu-Olisah Nwofor, counsel to APC, had
informed the court that it had challenged the jurisdiction of the court over
"The court after hearing all the parties adjourned the case
sine die and admonished the parties to maintain the status quo pending the
determination of the appeal and the substantive suit.
"The above position of the court formed the basis of INEC’s
refusal in releasing the registers to the commission,” he said.