We cannot determine if the military rigged election in Rivers State- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said it was not in a position to determine whether the military was involved in election rigging in the suspended Rivers state governorship and state assembly election.

According to Festus Okoye, INEC’s director of information and voter education, the commission went on a fact-finding mission to the state following the suspension of the collation of election results in the state as a result of violence.

Okoye made the disclosure when he appeared on Channel Television programme on Monday.

He said, “The fact-finding mission that we sent to Rivers established the fact that the military intervened in some places.”

“We saw them in INEC office and they agreed that they were at some collation centres on election day.

“We did not go out to establish the fact about who rigged elections or who did not rig. What we want to ensure is that we complete collation of results in Rivers.

“We made a determination that the army got involved in the electoral process but whether their involvement in the process was to rig the elections, I am not in a position to make a determination on that.”

INEC had earlier suspended collation of the state governorship and state assembly elections following the invasion of collation centres by some soldiers and armed gangs.

But over the weekend, the commission said results of 17 LGAs were intact and that it would announce the next line of action on Wednesday.

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