Rivers set for re-run legislative elections

Rivers set for re-run legislative elections


Few hours to the National Assembly and State House rerun elections in Rivers State, the state, especially its capital Port Harcourt, remains calm and residents are going about their normal lives.

But there are still fears of possible violence when the election hold on Saturday, 10th December, 2016.

The Independent National Electoral Commission will conduct rescheduled rerun elections across three senatorial districts, eight federal constituencies and 10 state constituencies in the state.

Two factors make the exercise a high risk: the animosity between Governor Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, and the state’s notorious history of electoral violence.

The two men represent the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party respectively.

On Friday, Port Harcourt was calm, as residents went about their businesses in several areas including Rumuola, Airforce base, GRA, Moscow Road, Abari park, Airport Road, Aba Road.

“You have now seen Port Harcourt is not a war zone and it is just like any other day,” said a taxi passenger, heading to Moscow Road from Abari park.

Except INEC office on Aba Road, there are hardly other spots with heavy security presence.

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