INEC Deploys Three National Commissioners To Rivers

By Gift Ugochi Mercy


In readiness for Saturday’s polls, the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has  deployed three national commissioners to take over the supervision of the election in the state.
In a statement in Abuja yesterday, the commission said that the move was to ensure top-level supervision, level-playing field for all political parties, free and fair elections in the state.
INEC urged politicians in Rivers State to stop spreading falsehood as it could lead to violence, even as it said that it was ready for the Governorship and House of Assembly Elections in the state.
The Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dame Gesila Khan, who stated this at the commission’s office in Port Harcourt during the commencement of distribution of sensitive materials to local government areas, noted that falsehood does not help society rather it causes violence.
According to her, “my office is open to all, including members of the public, who could come in to make enquiries to get authentic information, rather than sitting in their houses and causing confusion and problems by misinforming the people. INEC is here to serve the public and not one individual”.
Meanwhile, representatives of the political parties in the state and stakeholders have hailed the electoral body for the level of preparedness for the Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly Elections in the state.
The parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and other parties, said the process of distribution of sensitive materials has been peaceful and orderly, but urged the body to be fair to all parties in the conduct of the elections.
The parties told The Tide that they have to inspect the sensitive materials, which included result sheets, and ensure that they are in good condition.
They also confirmed that they had taken stock of the ballot papers that came in and other materials.
The materials, our correspondent reports, were distributed to the 23 local government areas of the state.
The Tide learnt that the APC was represented by the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Dr Lawrence Chukwu while the PDP was represented by the state Chairman, Felix Obuah.
However, the Commissioner of Police, Hamza Karma has said the police will continue to be neutral to all political parties and conduct themselves in the most professional manner ahead of Saturday’s elections as it announced the restriction of movement of people from midnight on Friday to 6pm on Saturday.



Source: The Tide