Rivers gov’t, APC chide INEC over post­poned re­run elec­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

The Rivers State gov­ern­ment and the state chap­ter of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress Party (APC) have chided the In­de­pen­dent National Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) for post­pon­ing the leg­isla­tive re­run elec­tions in the state.

Cit­ing what it termed “vi­o­lence”, INEC had yes­ter­day an­nounced the post­pone­ment of the leg­isla­tive re­run elec­tion sched­uled to hold on Satur­day.

Rivers State Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion, Dr Tams Ge­orge, said INEC was in­com­pe­tent to con­duct free and fair elec­tions in the coun­try.

The com­mis­sioner, who spoke at a Break­fast Tele­vi­sion Pro­gramme, in La­gos, mon­i­tored from Port Har­court, noted that the pat­tern of in­con­clu­sive elec­tions by INEC shows that the elec­toral um­pire lacked the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce an ob­jec­tive and cred­i­ble ex­er­cise that would be ac­cept­able to the peo­ple.

He al­leged that by hold­ing noc­tur­nal meet­ings with chief­tains of the APC, the elec­toral body has shown clearly that it was col­lud­ing with the party to frus­trate Rivers peo­ple from hav­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the National As­sem­bly.

Also, the state chap­ter of the APC, in a press state­ment signed by its pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Chris Finebone, said the post­pone­ment of the elec­tion was a huge dis­ap­point­ment, con­sid­er­ing that it will fur­ther deny the peo­ple par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tion at both state and national lev­els, “While the pres­sure of the can­di­dates to sus­tain the cam­paigns con­tin­ues apace.”

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