INEC unveils plans out of Rivers election impasse – Independent Observers

INEC unveils plans out of Rivers election impasse

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By Andy Chukwu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced its plans aimed at resolving impasse in the Rivers State Gubernatorial elections.

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, announced this in Abuja on Thursday.

Okoye said the plan began with the March 19 stakeholders engagements with major actors in the political impasse. This will be followed by an inter-agency meeting between the commission and other relevant agencies on March 29, in Rivers State.

Later the commission will on March 30 have a meeting with critical actors after which the headquarters of the commission will release a guideline for the continuation of the process.

Revalidation of observers, the commission said, will be done simultaneously in Abuja and Rivers State between March 25 and March 31.

From April 2 to April 5, INEC will resume the collation of results in the state.

The commission also said supplementary election will hold on April 13, should there be a need for that after which declaration of the final results would be made between April 13 and 15.

The issuance of the certificate of return will be done on April 19.

The collation of the results for the gubernatorial election in Rivers State held on March 9 was suspended due to violence allegedly carried out by soldiers and armed thugs.

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