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Group Hails INEC over Cancellation of Rivers Rerun


BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) – Centre for Public Accountability has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on its decision to cancel the rescheduled Rivers’ State and National Assembly (NASS) reruns, due to break down of law and order.

The group in a release by its Director of Media and Publicity Peter Abah said the swift and timely action of the Electoral body signified that the country now has a responsible umpire that is concerned with “security of lives and properties of the people”.

Mr. Abah disclosed that it was expected that the action of the INEC boss would send message of caution to the State’s political class who “promote election as a do or die affair”.

“The postponement will no doubt make the political gladiators to address their followers against perpetuating partisan sponsored or self-motivated violence during elections.

“Given the situation, we can confidently say that era of ‘inconclusive’ elections is over as the active political class will henceforth be guided against violent acts before, during and after elections” the group stated.

The organization therefore hoped that subsequently, citizens’ votes will count as the INEC has moved to show its commitment to ensuring that voters are protected, as well as all the electoral officers’; who are as a result, are now “insulated from attacks of ‘thugs’ hired by members of the ruling class.

The NGO restated that it has now become expedient that the political class readjust their mode of operations to ensure that votes count and subsequently take measures to curb excessive tendencies of their stalwarts.

It reasoned that the measure would make it easy for INEC to function effectively for Nigeria’s electoral process.


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