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Election: Whether or not military rigged in Rivers, we can’t say –INEC

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Election: Whether or not military rigged in Rivers, we can’t say –INEC
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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that it could not state whether or not the military rigged in the last general election in Rivers State.

This is as it confirmed that there were some interventions by the military.

The assertion was made on Monday by the Director of Information and Voter Education, INEC, Festus Okoye, on Channels Television.

According to him, the assertion followed a fact finding exercise carried out by INEC following the disruption of the March 9 governorship election in Rivers State as a result of widespread violence.

The disruption led to the stoppage of electoral processes and eventual suggestion of a supplementary election.

Said Okoye: “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.”

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