#NigeriaDecides2019: INEC Cancels Elections In Parts Of Lagos, Rivers And Anambra
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has move elections in parts of Lagos, Rivers and Anambra to a later date.
The elections were cancelled in some parts of these states due to violence on voting day.
There were reports of thugs beating up voters and carting away ballot boxes in Ifelodun area in Lagos, and the shooting of four persons in Rivers.
INEC has now announced that elections in Akuku Toru and Bonny local government areas of Rivers State; as well as some parts of Anambra would be rescheduled.
“We are still receiving reports relating to incidences in some states of the federation but we have received reports relating to incidences in Akuku Toru and Bonny local government areas of Rivers state.
"So long as the commission could not deploy in these areas, the implication is that voting did not take place in those areas and the commission will hold consultations with the relevant authorities and the Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs in relation to these areas and will announce the date when polls will take place in some of these areas, especially in relation to the areas as they affect the House of Representatives and Senatorial elections.
“It is not only in Rivers that we had reports of burning of electoral materials. We have such reports from Anambra and Lagos states as well as some other places”, INEC Commissioner Festus Okoye revealed.
The INEC Commissioner also announced that members of its staff who did not use the smart card readers because of a malfunction will be prosecuted.
According to INEC, where the card readers do not work up till 6 pm on Election Day, the standard procedure is to shift the exercise to the next day.
Okoye says the use of smart card readers is not a negotiation.
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“No staff of the Commission or any ad hoc staff of the Commission is permitted in whatever guise to deliberately refuse to use the smart card readers for the conduct of elections.
"According to the Guidelines and Regulations of the Commission, it is negligent conduct for any ad hoc staff to refuse to use the smart card readers for purposes of accreditation and any of them that refused to use the smart card readers or deliberately violated the use of the smart card readers will be subject to prosecution in accordance with the Guidelines and Regulations of the Commission and the Electoral Act”, he declared.
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