Rivers : Missing result sheets prevent Amaechi from voting

The National and State House of Assembly Re-run elections in Rivers East senatorial district, could not hold in most polling units on Saturday due to inadequate security personnel, particularly police men to man the polling centres.

And this is despite heavy deployment of thousands of police men and other security agents by the federal government for the re-run elections.

In Ubima, home town of former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, there were agitated voters who were angry that election could not commence as scheduled due to absence of security personnel to man the polling centres.

Their claim was corroborated by Chief Celestine Omehia, former governor of Rivers State. And he blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for the security lapses.

Chief Omehia commended the electorate for remaining calm and willing to exercise their civic responsibility despite the delay caused by INEC and security agents.

The most interesting and intriguing aspect of the election in the senatorial district was that the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi could not vote in his unit.

But it was not because there were no security personnel to man the polling unit where he was registered to vote.

Rather, it was because the result sheets collected and signed by the presiding officer at the distribution centre got missing before INEC officials could arrive  unit 14 in Ubima.

As a result of the missing result sheets, all the electorate that turned out for the election could not also vote.

This caused tension and almost resulted in physical confrontation between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC.

All efforts to speak with  former governor, Rotimi Amaechi proved abortive.

Despite coming out of his compound several times to see the hordes of journalists waiting for him, the apparently overwhelmed Transportation Minister bluntly refused  to react to the situation.

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