Port Harcourt - Some political party supporters in
Ahoada-West council area on Saturday protested against alleged bias by the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the
legislative rerun elections in Rivers.
The supporters claimed that the election materials sent to
polling units were fake and would not be allowed to be used for the exercise.
The party faithful chanted slogans such as “we no gree’’, “no
result sheet, no election’’, “our votes must count.’’
The supporters said they had lost confidence on INEC’s ability
to conduct a free, fair and credible election in the area.
The protest caused many voters to leave the polling units
for fear of molestation.
Some voters, however, stood several metres away from the
voting centres, awaiting any commencement of voting.
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Meanwhile, INEC Deputy Director of Voter Education and
Publicity, Mr Nick Dazang, denied the allegations, saying INEC could not have
deployed fake election materials for any election.
“How can INEC deploy fake election materials of which we are
the custodian of our materials?”
“What happened in Ahoada-West was that some result sheets
were snatched and from available report, the result sheets have been replaced.
“INEC cannot deploy fake result sheets. It is like saying
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is producing fake currency. Is this possible?”
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