Rivers Rerun: INEC Suspends Election In Akuku-Toru LGA

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Austin Okojie, a supervising Resident Electoral Commissioner has announced the suspension of re-run legislative election in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that elections were scheduled to hold in five units of Ward 12.

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Mr. Okojie told journalists at Abonnema, headquarter of Akuku-Toru Local Government on Saturday that the decision to suspend the election was taken after a meeting with representatives of parties.

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He said the election would be held on Sunday.

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He said INEC did not continue with the exercise because ad-hoc staff and corps members complained of lateness.

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Meanwhile, representatives of the APC and PDP have expressed mixed reactions to the suspension of the election.

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Tonye Alalibo, caretaker committee chairman of the local government, said that the suspension would allow a rival party manipulate the process.

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Mr. Alalibo said the PDP was ready for the elections but INEC decided to suspend the process.

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Isobo Jack, a leader of the APC in the area, said it was unfortunate that the elections couldn’t hold but hoped that it would be held as agreed.

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Mr. Jack urged his party faithful to be patient and avoid anything that could cause crisis.

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