Certificate of Return to be issued to Rivers Governor-elect on April 19—INEC
Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will issue Certificate of Return to anyone election elected the Governor of Rivers State, South-South Nigeria on April 19, a new schedule of the Commission has indicated.
A spokesperson of the Commission, Festus Okoye, disclosed this at a press briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, stating that the activities to resolve the logjam in the state’s electoral process had begun on the March 19 when the commission had engagements with major actors.
He said the March 19th meeting would be followed by an inter-agency meeting between the commission and other relevant agencies on March 29, in Rivers State.
On March 30, the Commission said it will have a meeting with critical actors after which the headquarters of the commission will release a guideline for the continuation of the process.
Revalidation of observers, the commission said, will be done simultaneously in Abuja and Rivers State between March 25 and March 31.
From April 2 to April 5, INEC will resume the collation of results in the state.
The commission also said April 13 has been set should there be a need for a supplementary election after which declaration of the final results would be made between April 13 and 15.
The issuance of the certificate of return will be done on April 19.
The collation of the results for the election held on March 9 was suspended due to violence allegedly carried out by soldiers and armed thugs.