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#Riversrerun: Party Supporters Protest, Accuse INEC Of Bias

Some political party supporters in Ahoada-West council area
on Saturday protested against alleged bias by the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the legislative rerun elections
in Rivers.

The supporters claimed that the election materials sent to
polling units were fake and would not be allowed to be used for the exercise.
A News of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent reports that
the party faithful chanted slogans such as “ we no gree’’, no sheet, no
election’’, “our votes must count.’’
The supporters said they had lost confidence on INEC’s
ability to conduct a free, fair and credible election in the area.
The protest caused many voters to leave the polling units
for fear of molestation.
NAN further reports that some voters, however, stood several
metres away from the voting centres, awaiting any commencement of voting.
Meanwhile, INEC Deputy Director of Voter Education and
Publicity, Mr Nick Dazang, denied the allegations, saying INEC could not have
deployed fake election materials for any election.
“How can INEC deploy fake election materials of which we are
the custodian of our materials?
He told NAN in a telephone interview that “what happened in
Ahoada-West is that some sheets were snatched and from available report,
the result sheets have been replaced.
“INEC cannot deploy fake result sheets. It is like saying
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is producing fake currency. Is this possible?”

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