It was gathered that the House of Representatives on Tuesday directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct all outstanding elections in Rivers and Anambra states with immediate effect.
The House also mandated it’s committee on Legislative Compliance and Electoral Matters to ensure compliance with the resolution and confirm date of the elections to the House within two weeks.
The representatives adopted a motion of urgent national importance co-sponsored by Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor and five others.
According to the motion, persistent denial of affected constituencies and constituents a constitutionally guaranteed right to representation at the National Assembly is unacceptable.
The motion noted that INEC’S inability to conduct the outstanding elections have denied constituents in Anambra and Rivers states the right to participate in critical national issues in the National Assembly.
The sponsors who observed that INEC had successfully concluded peaceful elections in Bornu and other states in the crisis prone north-eastern part of the country, wondered why the commission refused to conduct the outstanding elections in about eight local governments of Rivers State, citing security concerns.
“INEC under Professor Attahiru Jega successfully conducted peaceful elections in Borno and other North Eastern states that were then faced with crisis chased by the activities of Boko Haram; yet the present leadership of INEC has consistently neglected, failed and/or refused to conduct elections in only about eight local governments in Rivers state, citing security concerns.”
“While almost all the states of the federation are adequately represented in the parliament in compliance with Sections 48, 49 and 91 of the constitution, Rivers state continues to be under-represented, particularly in the senate, where there is no senator due to INEC’s deliberate neglect and refusal to conduct the election.”