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INEC postpones Rivers rerun elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the scheduled rerun elections in Rivers State over security concern.

In a statement signed by its Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, INEC maintained that it was ready to conclude the rerun election within the shortest possible time but the enabling environment must be provided by the political actors.

The commission cited last Saturday’s attack on its office in Khana local government area of the state as a sign of prevailing danger.

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Earlier, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, had expressed doubts about the election but said the decision can’t be taken at the state level alone.

Ikoiwak said Friday’s fire incident at INEC office in Khana LGA was the second in two years within the same area.

“We are sad because we can’t be putting up property and people keep on burning the property. This is not the first time INEC office is being set ablaze in Khana Local Government Area.

“The first INEC office was set ablaze in 2014. It is the second time it is happening within two years in the same local government area. When it happens, we will only thank God that no life was lost, but we have lost some necessary materials allotted to that local government,” he said.

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