A human right organization in Rivers state, Nigeria known as Civil Rights Council (CRC) has described the indictment of some Nigerian Soldiers in the disruption of electoral process during the Governorship and State House of Assembly as a threat to democracy. Coordinator of CRC in the state, Barrister Arochukwu Ogbonna(Esq) in a chat with Revelation Agents Online News said ” the interference of the Army as pronounced by Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC )shows they (Army) are eyeing power indirectly “.
He described the development as unfortunate .
INEC released a statement yesterday March, 2019 signed by the National Commissioner incharge of voters education and information, Fetus Okoye
The INEC statement revealed that the commission met on March 15,2019 and considered the report of the fact finding committe sent to Rivers state to investigate issues that led to widespread disruption of electoral process on March 9,2019 the Governorship and State House of Assembly election after it announced on Sunday, March 10,2019 that INEC has suspended the process
INEC explained that after the meeting the commission established the following
1.Governorshiop and State House of Assembly election took place in most polling units and results were announced
2.That results in 17 local Government out of 23 are available and are in the commission’s custody
3.That declaration of results for 21 state constituency were made prior to the announcement
4.That collation centres were invaded by some soldiers and armed gangs resulting to intimidation and unlawful arrest of election official on duty resulting in disruption of collation process
See full statement below