INEC’s team probes alleged irregularities in Rivers polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission has set up a three-man ‎committee to investigate alleged irregularities in the polls conducted in Rivers State on Saturday.

‎The committee has as its Head, Mrs. Thelma Iremirem, who is the Supervisory National Commissioner for Rivers; and Col. M.K Hammanga along with Prof. Lai Olurode, as members.

A statement by the Secretary to the commission, Augusta Ogakwu, at the National Collation Centre for the Presidential Election in Abuja on Monday, was necessitated by‎ the call for the cancellation of the elections in the state by the All Progressives Congress.

Ogakwu said members of the committee had left for a fact-finding ‎mission to the state and were expected to submit their report before the end of collation of results of other states and the Federal Capital Territory.

‎She said the commission would subsequently make its decision known after receiving the report of the fact-finding committee.

So far, INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who is the Chief Returning Officer of the presidential election, has so far collated results from eight states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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The statement read, “Further to the allegation made by the All Progressives Congress on the conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, 28th March, 2015, in Rivers State and its call for the cancellation of the exercise, the Independent National Electoral Commission has set up a fact-finding mission to ascertain the veracity of the claims and allegations and to advise the commission and the Chief Electoral Commissioner/Returning Officer for the presidential elections.

“The committee of National Electoral Commissioners‎ comprises comprises the following:

“I. Mrs. Thelma Iremirem, Head and the Supervisory National Commissioner for Rivers State

“II. Col. M.K Hammanga – Member

“IIIm Prof. Lai Olurode – Member.

“They have departed for Rivers State and it is expected that they will submit their report before the end of the collation of results of the other states and the FCT.

“Following the consideration of the report, the commission will make its decision known.”

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