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Rivers rerun: Etche LG election suspended indefinitely

21 December 2016, 15:09

Port Harcourt - The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Rivers, Aniedi Ikoiwak, says re-run legislative election in Etche Local Government Area has been suspended indefinitely.

Ikoiwak stated that the December 10 elections in the area were marred by violence.

He said elections were scheduled for a state assembly seat and House of Representatives for Etche/Omuma constituency.

He said elections did not take place in up to 30 per cent of the Local Government because hoodlums disrupted activities in the area.

Also read: Senate threatens to shut down over stalled Rivers legislative rerun elections

“ In Etche, elections did not take place in up to 30 per cent of the area. Even when deployments were made on the eve of the election, hoodlums went there and stopped INEC officials from going to the polling units.

“ Since they did not allow elections to be completed in Etche, that constituency will have to wait.

“ This is because INEC will not go back immediately.  Materials have already gone into the field.  “Some were snatched and destroyed. We need to plan for another election in the area,” Ikoiwak said.

The REC said elections in Omuma Local Government had been concluded and that the result for the federal constituency would be announced when Etche was ready.

- NAN

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