International observers call for cancellation of Rivers result

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PORT HARCOURT – International election observers on Sunday called for the cancellation of the Governorship and in Rivers.

The leader of African Centre for Leadership Strategies and , Mr Humphrey Bekaren, spoke on behalf of the observers, made the call in Port Harcourt.

He said the observers were shocked INEC disregarded the widely reported violent irregularities to begin the process of declaring results in the state.

‘’ We request all lovers of democracy to join us in calling for the outright cancellation of the phony election.

‘’ Unless this is done, we would have sown the seed could eventually grow into providing a shade of fear and death us,’’ he said.

According to Bekaren, what happened in Rivers was a far cry from what election be.

‘’ What we saw did not meet international standard of electioneering, not even the ones set by the Commission INEC,’’ he said.

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He said there were reported incidents like deliberate delays and diversion of , attacks on officers, widespread arson  and voter intimidation.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Rivers, Mrs Gesila Khan, said INEC cancelled election in centres with reported electoral malpractices.

She said re-run took place in six local government areas in the state where electoral malpractices were reported. (NAN)
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