By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has pledged to conclude two outstanding state assembly rerun elections in Rivers state next year.
INEC had last weekend moved to conclude all the 22 rerun elections in the state, but was forced to cancel the exercise in two constituencies in Etche.
Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu stated this on Friday at the opening of a two-day workshop organised by the commission for some journalists in Abuja.
He said there were 70 incidences of deliberate obstruction of the election process in Rivers state, adding that the commission has documented all the cases and is reviewing them for possible prosecution in line with its guidelines.
He said the commission is instituting an administrative inquiry into the election and. Would not hesitate to punish any of its staff found wanting.