The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has yet again postponed the Rivers state legislative election rerun.
The commission released a statement signed by its Secretary, Mrs Augusta Ogakwu saying the rerun poll has been postponed due to reports of violence which caused the initial postponement of the polls in March.
This comes less than a week INEC’s office got burnt in Bori, Rivers state.
The electoral body said in the report:
“as a responsible organisation and conscious of the violence, maiming and fatalities which accompanied the previous election in March as well as developments in the state since then, the commission cannot ignore such credible reports.
“In the circumstances, therefore, it is compelled to further postpone the rerun legislative elections in Rivers State as one of the principal conditions earlier stipulated for the return of the state for the conclusion of the election has, regrettably, not been met.
“This, the commission holds, is also a collective responsibility to be borne by all political actors irrespective of political positions and affiliations. If the goal of political contests is to serve the people, then there is no greater service than ensuring, at all costs, the preservation of the lives of the people whom such services would be rendered.”
No new date has been set for the elections.