Reports coming in from Rivers State reveals that the Independent National Electoral Commission says it has cancelled elections in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers after voting failed to take off there today.
The commission’s spokesperson in Rivers State, Edwin Enabor, confirmed the decision to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday afternoon.
He said elections in the area would now hold on another date to be set by the commission.
“In Bonny, there was no election at all,” said Mr Enabor, adding that: “the exercise there has been postponed. It will hold on another day.”
PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how elections could not hold in the area after protesting APC members stopped materials and personnel from leaving the INEC office there.
The APC supporters reportedly alleged that the ballot papers deployed to the area were fake.
A resident, Opuade Abbey, said the area had been taken over by armed security operatives including soldiers.
The development in Bonny may affect the results of Rivers southeast senatorial district and Bonny/Degema federal constituency elections.
Elsewhere, in Okrika Local Government Area, Mr Enabor said sensitive materials for one ward was diverted.
“Therefore voting did not hold in the affected registration area (ward),” he said.
“The position of the commission is that election will be conducted separately for that registration area later.”
In another report, about 15 people have allegedly been shot dead in Rivers state during the presidential and National Assembly elections. According to Independent, the victims lost their lives in violence that erupted at Akuku Toru local government area of the state.
Legit.ng cannot independently verify the authenticity of the report or ascertain the cause of the violence. According to the report, the voting process was affected by the development.
Meanwhile, there were gunshots fired in polling unit 14, ward 8 in Ubima, Rivers state. Ubima is the hometown of Nigeria’s minister of transport and director-general of the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign, Rotimi Amaechi.
A Legit.ng reporter in Ubima confirmed that the gunshots could be heard from Amaechi’s polling unit in the area. A Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officer in the area also sent out an SOS message to her colleagues on phone, calling for security reinforcements.
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