INEC SUSPENDS GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION COUNTING IN RIVERS

INEC SUSPENDS GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION COUNTING IN RIVERS

The electoral commission on Sunday suspended the counting of votes for the governorship election in the oil-rich southern Nigerian state Rivers due to violence at polling stations and collation centers.

Voting exercise was conducted on Saturday in 29 out of Nigeria’s 36 states to elect governors, two weeks after the presidential election in which Muhammadu Buhari was re-elected into office as the president.

Governors are among the most influential politicians in Nigeria with some of them controlling larger budgets than those of small countries. Election in the Rivers is highly competitive because most Nigerian crude oil comes from the Niger Delta region, which account for two-thirds of government revenue.

Although there was election across the Rivers on Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disclosed there was “widespread disruption” at polling units and collation centers. There were no reports concerning disruption in oil production.

“The commission has decided to suspend all electoral processes in the state until further notice,” INEC said in a statement. It said it was concerned about the credibility of the process.

REUTERS