By Philips Sunday
Abuja, (AN24) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Saturday, February 18, conduct the outstanding elections in Rivers state.
The commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
According to Ikoiwak, the exercise would hold at Etche and Omuma Local Government Areas of the oil rich state.
The statement noted that the election is to fill the Etche Constituency II seat in the House of Assembly and Etche/Omuma seat in the House of Representatives.
The election would hold in 147 polling units in 19 Registration Areas in Etche and one polling unit (Umuogba Community I) in Omuma.
The Electoral Umpire encouraged eligible voters in the constituencies to come out enmasse to vote for their candidates.
“The commission assures the public of a credible and fair conclusion of the election in Etche Local Government Area,” the statement said.
The statement added that security agencies had been contacted to provide adequate security during the exercise.
Recall that INEC scheduled March 19, 2016, for re-run polls following a court rulings that invalidated the 2015 federal and state legislative elections in the state.
Unfortunately, the exercise was marred by violence, which forced the electoral body to suspend the polls midway.
On Dec. 10, 2016, when the re-run was rescheduled, it was inconclusive in Etche and part of Omuma areas due to some irregularities, prompting the repeat which has been fixed for Saturday, February 18, 2017.