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...As INEC Accuse Military, Police Of Hijacking Election Collation Process In Rivers

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) in Rivers State has accused military and police personnel  of placing the Rivers State INEC office under siege.

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) in Rivers State has accused military and police personnel  of placing the Rivers State INEC office under siege.

The INEC  in Rivers State further declared  that the military and police personnel  are illegally  screening Collation Officers  , thereby  obstructing the Collation process for the Rivers  State Governorship Election.

The Head of INEC  Department of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Edwin Enabo  made the declaration  in an interview  with  newsmen  on Sunday   at the INEC Headquarters in Port Harcourt.

"The INEC office is under siege by men in army uniforms,  uniforms  of the Air Force and police who have taken over. They are stopping and screening people. They are clearing  results before they  enter the office to the extent  that uptill  now no Collation  has been done.

"We don't understand  where the people are deployed from. We are not accusing the Nigerian Army or the Nigerian Air Force,  but we say the people right now in the office  are wearing  uniforms of Army and Air Force.

"If they are not from them, we are calling  on them to come and  rectify the situation and allow our officers  to enter with their results without molestation and harrassment ", the spokesman of INEC in Rivers State said.

He added: "Throughout the elections,  we had so many reports of insecurity,  molestation,  harassment and assault on our staff and adhoc staff.  Disruption of the Electoral process throughout the state in all the Local Government Areas with the consequence that  by yesterday  evening we were unable to get any results and by 1pm today, the office is under siege by men in Army, Air Force and Police Uniforms ".