Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
has described the conduct of the Saturday re-run legislative elections in
Rivers as an improvement compared to the suspended exercise in March in the
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi
Oyekanmi, said in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
on Saturday in Abuja while assessing the exercise.
Oyekanmi said that though there were few cases of violence
during the election, there was no confirmed case of killing.
“Generally, the trail of violent is not as what we witnessed
“In March, a person was killed and the commission was forced
to close the election, but in this Saturday exercise, there is no strong
indication for us to say that we are suspending the election again.
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“We think that relatively, we should be able to conclude the
process peacefully, the security agencies should be commended for securing most
of the places used for the elections.
‘’Voting in some places have been concluded and collation
“We are assuring Nigerians that we are building on our
achievements in Edo and Ondo in term of credibility of elections in the
country,’’ he said.
The chief press secretary further said that there were
measures put in place to ensure that collation of results remain peaceful and
“A lot of precautionary measures have been put in place to
ensure that hijacking of election results witnessed in the suspended elections
in March does not reoccur.’’
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