INEC Fixes Dec 10 For Rivers Election Rerun, Says We Are Not Moved by Senate Threat


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed December 10 for the rerun elections in Rivers state.

Rivers State still has a senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections pending. The elections had been held in the past but were marred by violence.

A statement released by the body also said the Lagos and FCT re-run polls will hold on December 3.

Meanwhile, INEC, has stated that it will not be cowered by the Nigeria Senate.

Senators had directed the electoral body to conduct the Rivers and Anambra states election rerun before the second week of December.

Reacting, INEC National Commissioner, Prince Shoyebi said that the commission would not surrender its responsibility to any organisation.

“We will not surrender our responsibility to anybody. We are not moved by the Senate’s threat. The date did not have anything to do with the order of the Senate; it is purely done on the basis of our own responsibility. “We took our time because Rivers election is not done by ballot paper alone, but by guns.

We cannot expose other people’s children and our workers to danger, hence the need for us to tidy up,” he stated.

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