Port Harcourt - Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has declared Thursday and Friday as work-free days in the state for the smooth conduct of the rerun legislative elections on Saturday.
Wike stated that the work-free days will enable workers in the private and public sectors fully participate in the rerun polls.
The governor also stated that he believes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct free, fair and credible rerun elections from the assurances he received from INEC.
In a state-wide broadcast on Wednesday, Governor Wike ordered that all public and private offices, including banks must remain closed for the duration of the holidays.
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He stated that security agencies have definite instructions to enforce the restrictions on human and vehicular movements on election day.
The governor directed the security agencies to arrest any person or group of persons, including government vehicles, that violates this order and or attempt to act in any way to undermine the peaceful conduct of the rerun elections in the state.
While urging the people of the state to turn out in their numbers to participate in the elections, Wike noted that he has been assured by the Armed Forces that they will not deviate from their constitutional role of safeguarding law and order before, during and after the elections.
- News 24