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INEC to deploy 10,294 workers for Rivers rerun

the Independent National Electoral Commission is to deploy 10, 294 personnel for the conduct of the Rivers State legislative election scheduled for Saturday.

The Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity of INEC, Mr. Nick Dazang, said in a statement on Tuesday that the commission would deploy 14 categories of personnel for the rerun election on Saturday.

According to Dazang, the commission would deploy three returning officers for the three senatorial districts, 10 returning officers for the federal constituencies, 23 local government collating officers, and 221 registration area collation officers.

Other are “57 Collation Officers (for collation only at registration areas); 231 supervisory presiding officers; 1,840 presiding officers; 6,609 assistant presiding officers (I, II and III); 661 assistant presiding officers (VP); 363 reserve APOs (5%) of APOs; 21 constituency supervisors ( three SDs; eight FCs;  and 10 SCs); 24 LGA supervisors; and 223 RA supervisors.”

Dazang said the rerun election would take place in the three senatorial districts, eight federal constituencies and 10 state constituencies.

The constituencies where the election is scheduled to hold are Rivers East, Rivers West and Rivers South-East senatorial districts.

Others are Akuku-Toru/Asari Toru, Degema/Bonny, Okrika/Ogu-Bolo, Etche/Omuma, Ikwere/Emohua, Khana Gokana, Eleme/Tai/Oyigbo, and Opobo/Nkoro/Andoni federal constituencies.

The rerun election will also take place in 10 state constituencies which are Eleme, Gokana, Asari-Toru I, Asari-Toru II, Andoni, Khana II, Etche II (SC), Ikwere, Bonny and Degema.

Dazang recalled that the rerun election scheduled for March 19, 2016 was suspended because of violence.

He said the exercise was in different stages when the process was suspended.

He stated further that the elections had been concluded in some of the constituencies, results declared and winners returned by the respective returning officers before the process was suspended,

According to him, the suspended exercise was also characterised by “returns made under duress by those not authorised to do so; collation made without validation; voting concluded without collation; disruption of voting, and no voting at all in some areas.”

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