The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has condemned what it described as the role played by some soldiers and armed gangs in Rivers State which it said led to the disruption of the electoral process.
In a statement issued on Saturday morning, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the action was an attempt to subvert the will of the people.
According to the statement, this was part of the submissions made after the Commission set up a fact-finding committee to assess the situation in the state.
Following reports of widespread violence and other forms of intimidation in the state, collation of results and other activities for the governorship and state assembly elections were suspended on March 10.
INEC, however, said it already concluded results of the governorship election from 17 of the state’s 23 LGAs.
For the House of Assembly elections, returns had been made for 21 of 32 state seats in the exercise.
According to Okoye, the rest would now be concluded on a date to be announced on March 20.
See the statement below.