Rivers Rerun: INEC Cautions Against Intimidation of Electorates 

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-07)

Olumide Lawal

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cautioned against intimidation of the electorates during the forthcoming y Saturday legislative re-run election in the Rivers state.

The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the advice while receiving the six newly National Commissioners of the commission on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, INEC has recieved assurance from the heads of security agencies of securing the environment for deployment of election personnel and materials for the election.

He said,  “My advice to stakeholders in Rivers is that, they should come out and exercise their franchise. They should not be intimidated by some remarks.

“The security agencies have assured us that all trouble makers will be handled appropriately.

“Election is a civil, simple process and people should come out and vote in a peaceful atmosphere that the security agencies have assured us. We want to assure the people of Rivers that the processes will be free, fair and credible.’’

Yakubu who said that the commission was ready for the election, expressed satisfaction with the deployment logistics for the election.

He said, “Every step that the commission suppose to take within its own responsibilities we have taken those steps.

“We have recruited ad hoc staff, we have trained them, deployed both sensitive and non-sensitive materials. So, we are ready for conclusive election in Rivers.

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