The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has summoned a meeting of its management, to receive and consider the report of a Fact-Finding Committee, which it sent to Rivers State.
A source who spoke in confidence, said: “The Panel in Rivers State, will on Friday, submit its report to INEC management. Thereafter, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and his team, will consider the findings and make a pronouncement.
“We are aware of the interest which the suspension of the elections in Rivers State has generated, and we want to resolve it as soon as possible.”
It was learnt that there are four options before INEC. They are:
1.Whether or not to cancel the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State;
2. Restricting the conduct of elections only in units, wards, or areas affected by violence;
3. Announcement of collated or retrieved results, if the security situation does not permit a fresh poll;
4. Declaring the results as it were, and leaving the aggrieved parties to go to the Tribunal.
According to the source, any delay in taking a decision, may lead to a constitutional crisis in the State.
“INEC will be fair, just, equitable, and it will be guided by the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), in its decision on Rivers State.
“The Panel has concluded its assignment. Were it not for the issuance of Certificates of Return to Senators and Representatives-elect, we would have considered the report on Rivers, on Thursday (yesterday).”