INEC resumes collation of Rivers guber election result

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INEC resumes collation of Rivers guber election result

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resumed collation of result of Rivers state governorship election.

The commission on March 10 stopped all electoral process in the state over allegation of widespread violence that killed over dozens of person.

INEC later fixed April 2 and 3 for collation of result.

It has also scheduled April 13 for possible supplementary elections within the state.

Rivers state has 23 local government area but INEC said it has 17 local government area results ready.

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has dismissed a case challenging the decisions of the Independent National Electoral Commission regarding the Rivers State governorship election.

The court struck out the case brought by the African Action Congress, for lack of jurisdiction.

The judge, Inyang Ekwo, ruled that the matter, being a post-election case, ought be heard by an election petition tribunal and not the Federal High Court.

The AAC had asked the court, among other requests, to stop the collation of the Rivers State election results, scheduled to continue on Tuesday.

The AAC’s governorship candidate, Biokpomabo Awara, alleged that his party won the elections and should be declared winner of the March 9 governorship elections in the state.

The AAC also asked that a fresh election be conducted in the event where INEC decides that the March 9 election was affected by violence reported to have affected the polls.

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