The House of Representatives has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately conduct all outstanding elections in Rivers State.
In a motion brought under matters of urgent national importance by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep Leo Ogor and supported by five other lawmakers, the house noted that people in the affected federal constituencies are being denied their constitutionally guaranteed right to representation in the national and state assemblies.
According to the Minority Leader, “the Court Of Appeal in December 2015 ordered that re-run elections be conducted within 60 days but INEC has since consistently failed, neglected and/or refused to do so, apart from the one it conducted on March 19, 2016 in only 4 out of the 12 federal and few state constituencies that re-run elections were ordered in December 2015.”
He also expressed his concern that “while almost all states in the federation are adequately represented in parliament in compliance with sections 48, 48 and 91 of the 1999 constitution on the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Rivers State continues to be unrepresented (particularly in the senate where it has no senator) due to INEC’s deliberate neglect, refusal and/or failure to conduct outstanding elections in the state.
The House has mandated its Committee on Legislative Compliance and Electoral Matters to ensure compliance with the house resolution and returns to the house in two weeks with a confirmed date for the elections.
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