The Commission having reviewed the the widespread of disruption of the bye-election in Rivers State, has decided to suspend the election forthwith in accordance with the provisions of Section 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended)
It would be recalled the Port Harcourt 3 state constituency bye election was scheduled for today 18th August 2018.
The commission in full ready for the election deployed personnel and materials to the 142 polling units involved.
The election commenced peacefully in all the units with all the INEC personnel (Adhoc and permanent) with all their materials reporting to the duty posts well ahead of time.
However midway into the election, miscreants and hoodlums accompanied by heavily armed security personnel in uniform stormed the various polling units and registration areas disrupting voting activities, destroying and carting away election materials including smart card readers and ballot boxes.
In addition, many electoral officials were manhandled, injured and held hostage.
As a result of this widespread and wanton disruption of the electoral process as reported from the field by the Supervisory Presiding Officers and Supervisors from the commission and also having reviewed the situation, the Commission in accordance with the provisions of section 26 of the Electoral act 2010 (as amended) has decided to suspend the election forthwith.
Resident Electoral Commissioner