– INEC Suspends Portharcourt Constituency 3 by election In Rivers State.
Tonight, in a press statement signed by the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ebo Effanga after declaring results which brought to victory the All Progressives Congress candidate on Saturdays by election, made a U-turn to suspend the election to a further date.
The Press Statement Reads;
“It would be recalled that the Port Harcourt 3 State Constituency bye-election was scheduled for today 13th August 2018.
The commission in full readiness for the said election deployed personnel and materials to the 142 polling units involved.
The election commenced peacefully in all the units with all the INEC personnel (adhoc and permanent) with all their materials reporting to their duty posts well ahead of time.
However, midway into the elections, miscreants and hoodlums accompanied by heavily armed security personnel in uniform stormed the various polling units and Registration Areas disrupting voting activities, destroying and carting away election materials including smart card readers and ballot boxes. In addition, many electoral officers were manhandled, injured and held hostage.
As a result of this widespread and wanton disruption of the electoral process as reported from the field by the Supervisory Presiding Officers and Supervisors from the Commission and also, having reviewed the situation, the Commission in accordance with the provisions of the Section 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) has decided to suspend the election forthwith”.