Senate Knocks INEC Over Delay To Conduct Re-run Senatorial Polls In Rivers, Kogi, Others

SenateThe Senate has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct re-run elections into six senatorial districts in Anambra, Imo, Kogi and Rivers States.
The Senate made the call on Wednesday, following a point of order raised by Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East).
The INEC has yet to conclude re-run polls in three senatorial districts of Rivers and one each in Anambra, Kogi and Imo.
The Senate condemned the continued delay in filling these vacant seats in the Senate, saying INEC has violated the 1999 Constitution by delaying the conclusion of the rerun elections in those states.
Mr. Bruce, who led the debate on his motion, said the electoral umpire owed the Senate explanation on why the pending re-run elections have not been conducted.
“The areas have no representations in the Senate since December, and it is a violation of the Constitution”, he said.
“We have not had representation in this chamber from Rivers State, part of Anambra, Imo, Kogi and some other states”, Mr. Bruce added.
The media mogul recalled that it took INEC just one-week to conclude elections in the Federal Capital Territory but in the aforementioned states, they still don’t have representations in the Senate “and it does not make any sense”.
“It is a violation of the constitution; the people of these states have a right to have representation here. The INEC Chairman owes us an explanation to explain why these elections have not been concluded.
“It is a simple matter and it is the responsibility of INEC to conclude these elections so that the people of these beautiful states have representation here in the Senate”, he argued.
Responding, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, said INEC should conduct elections into the six senatorial districts.
He said: “I’m aware that INEC management is meeting today (yesterday) to fix date for the elections. We urge the Commission to conduct the elections so that every part will have full representation”.