The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appealed for the support of various stakeholders in ensuring the successful completion of the electoral process in Rivers State.
INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Rivers, Bayelsa, and Edo State, May Agbamuche, made the call on Saturday in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
She was addressing the candidates and representatives of various political parties in Rivers at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by the electoral body ahead of the collation and announcement of results of the March 9 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the state.
“The main objective of this meeting is to brief you on the schedule of activities and timelines set by the commission for the conclusion of Governorship and State House of Assembly elections, and to solicit for your maximum cooperation towards the success of this exercise,” Agbamuche said.
“It is also to generate discussions among the stakeholders with a view to achieving transparent, peaceful, and violence-free conclusion of the elections within the timeline set by the commission,” she added.
INEC had suspended all electoral processes in Rivers on March 10, following reports of widespread disruption of elections in the state.
Barely two weeks after, the commission said it would continue with the process and released a timeline for the conclusion of the exercise.
See the timeline below:
|1.||Engagement with security agencies||19thMarch||Abuja|
|2.||ICCES meeting (Rivers State)||29th March||Port Harcourt|
|3||Meeting with Stakeholders||30th March||Port Harcourt|
|4||Issuance of Guidelines for resumption of collation of results||1st April||INEC Headquarters, Abuja|
|5||Revalidation of Polling Agents and Observers for collation of results||25th– 31stMarch||Abuja and Port Harcourt|
|6||Resumption of collation and announcement of results||2nd – 5thApril||Port Harcourt (Venue to be agreed with stakeholders)|
|7||Supplementary elections where necessary||13th April||Various locations|
|8||Announcement of results of all supplementary elections||13th – 15thApril||Various locations|
|9||Issuance of all outstanding Certificates of Return||Latest 19thof April||INEC Office, Port Harcourt|
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