Monday, March 30, 2015

Rivers elections: INEC refuses claim of fraud by protesters

The INEC said elections were held in the state.
Supporters of the All progressives Congress in their thousands and political aspirants of the party in the sate, started protesting after Saturday’s elections, saying there was no election in the state.

They have forwarded a petition to the IENC, seeking the cancellation of the elections results and insisting that it was flawed.
On Saturday, the Governor of the State, Chibuike Amaechi, of the All Progressives Congress, had asked the party’s supporters to boycott the voting, claiming that there was a deliberate attempt to rig the election.
He had asked an INEC official to show him the result sheet, where election results would be recorded after votes are cast, before he would vote. The INEC official according to him could not provide the document he requested for.
In a telephone interview, the spokesman for the chairman of the INEC, Koyode Idowu told Channels Television on Monday that elections were held successfully in the state and that there was no reason for anyone to mislead.
“From the last call I had with the Residence Electoral Commissioner there, election took place.
“I suspect, from what I see happening there, that as we speak the processes of collation is ongoing. I cannot say exactly what the issue is and why they are having that protest. From all I know, the result has not been returned and the protest is ongoing. I wonder what the basis is.
“Protests are issues for security agencies to handle.
“Where petitions are written to the commission, the commission, as an umpire will investigate the petitions thoroughly and if there are issues, the commission will address them  and if there are not, that means there are none,” he said.

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