The Chairmanship candidate of the Labor Party in the June 16 local government elections in Rivers state, Prince Chinwo has expressed doubts in the ability of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission to conduct free, fair and credible elelctions.
Speaking with newsmen in Port harcourt, the labour party candidate accused RSIEC of failing to make public those shortlisted as adhoc staff for the elections.
Prince Chinwo said, RSIEC failed to inform most of the political parties participating in the elections about decisions take for the conduct of the elections.
“they are doing everything without informing the parties about what is happening”.
“writing names of adhoc staff on their own. People are supposed to vie for these posts but they are just choosing and writing names”.
Prince Chinwo also complained that members of his party are harassed and intimidated by some faceless individuals during campaigns.
“We have been experiencing violence against our members and supporter’s” , he complained.
He said elelctions should be free and fair. People should be free to vote who they like.
“if you are on ground, then let people vote for you. Let the people decide”
THE Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission had in March announced that the state local government election would hold on June 16, 2018.
The All Progressives Congress in the state is however opposed the announcement by the state electoral body. The then state Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, who was responding to the development, said it was illegal for the state electoral body to fix a date for the council election.
Ikanya argued that there were pending cases at the Supreme Court and a state High Court related to local government election in Rivers State.
The state APC chairman maintained that it was subjudice for the commission to fix a date for the election, even at a time when the courts had not decided on the cases filed by the main opposition party in the state.
He said, “We have been in a protracted legal battle over previous election that the RSIEC conducted, which Wike sacked elected officials and the case has not been vacated. It is wrong for a respected citizen to announce that their tenure has elapsed.”