Tension as Rivers rerun holds today; Observers caution politicians, demand credible polls

Posted by News Express | 19 March 2016 | 3,146 times

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A group called Neighbourhood Watch in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has called on politicians and their supporters to exercise restraint in the Rivers rerun polls holding today.

Leader of the group, Charles Inko-Tariah, while condemning the spate of violence that has greeted the build-up to the State and National Assembly rerun in the state, asked the players to be reminded that the people are more important than their ambitions.

Meanwhile, another group known as West African Network of Election Observers have been talking to journalists about their concerns so far as regards the Rivers rerun.

Hours to the rerun elections, tension has been at high degrees and security has been heightened as only just on Thursday, the Nigerian Army lost two of its men in a shootout with hoodlums in Abonemma area of the state.

However, all appears set for the exercise.

All sensitive materials for the polls have been delivered at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt.

Sorting and distribution have been done at the different senatorial zones and constituencies in all 23 local government areas in the state.

The INEC has recruited the services of 24,930 adhoc staff, 379 collation officers and 37 returning officers for the elections. (Channels TV)

•Photo shows ballot box.

Source: News Express

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