Rivers Rerun: INEC suspends election in five polling units

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the suspension of re-run legislative election in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.

Mr Austin Okojie, a Supervising Resident Electoral Commissionertold newsmen at Abonnema, head quarter of Akuku-Toru Local Government on Saturday that the decision to suspend the election was taken after a meeting with representatives of parties.

Elections were scheduled to hold in five units of Ward 12.

Okojie said the election would be held on Sunday, adding that INEC did not continue with the exercise because ad-hoc staff and corps members complained of lateness.

Meanwhile, representatives of the APC and PDP have expressed mixed reactions to the suspension of the election.

Mr Tonye Alalibo, Care Taker Committee Chairman of the Local Government,said that the suspension would allow a rival party manipulate the process.

Alalibo said the PDP was ready for the elections but INEC decided to suspend the process.

Mr Isobo Jack, a leader of the APC in the area, said it was unfortunate that the elections couldn’t hold but hoped that it would be held as agreed.

Jack urged his party faithful to be patient and avoid anything that could cause crisis.

NAN.

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