The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said was ready to conclude the suspended re-run parliamentary elections in Rivers.
The Deputy Director of Voter Education and Publicity in the commission, Mr. Nick Dazang, who spoke in reaction to the December 10 deadline given to the electoral body by the National Assembly on Wednesday said it had failed to conduct the poll because the environment was not conducive.
He said, “In fact, at a point we articulated a road map of activities that would climax with the National and State Assembly elections in the state.
“Sadly, on the eve of the proposed schedule for the conduct of the elections in that state, our office in one of the local government areas of the state was razed down.
“In spite of this, we have remained resolute in our determination and have continued to engage with stakeholders.
“Our determination is further underscored by the fact that recently, the commission directed all relevant departments to submit their inputs for the Rivers National and State Assembly elections.”
He added, “This was however truncated by the spate of violence particularly in Rivers and the inflammatory rhetoric of some stakeholders.”
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