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 - International election observers on Sunday called for the cancellation of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State.
The leader of African Centre for Leadership Strategies and Development, Humphrey Bekaren, who spoke on behalf of the observers, made the call in Port Harcourt.
Bekaren said the observers were shocked that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disregarded the widely reported violent irregularities to begin the process of declaring results in the state.
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He said: “We request all lovers of democracy to join us in calling for the outright cancellation of the phony election.
“Unless this is done, we would have sown the seed that could eventually grow into providing a shade of fear and death over us.”
According to Bekaren, what happened in Rivers State was a far cry from what election should be.
“What we saw did not meet international standard of electioneering, not even the ones set by the Independent National Electoral Commission,” he said.
He said there were reported incidents like deliberate delays and diversion of electoral materials, attacks on electoral officers, widespread arson and voter intimidation.
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