There are indications that some electoral officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Rivers State have been redeployed ahead of Saturday’s governorship and National Assembly elections.
Some of the electoral officers were said to have personally requested that they should be moved from one local government area to another.
It was learnt that while some of the Eos; as they are normally called, insisted that they were not comfortable with being posted to violence-prone areas, others called for transfer to other LGAs close to their relatives.
Some of the areas where INEC electoral officers have been moved are Akuku-Toru, Okrika, Ahoada West, Emohua, Obio/Akpor, Asari-Toru, Gokana, and Ikwerre Local Government Areas.
According to information on one of the notice boards of state INEC, the electoral officers in charge of Ikwerre and Akuku-Toru LGAs were redeployed to the commission’s state headquarters.
It was also indicated that the electoral officers in charge of Obio/Akpor and Emohua were moved to Ikwerre and Ahoada West respectively.
The notice was signed by the Rivers INEC’s Administrative Secretary, Etim Umoh.
Meanwhile, the INEC has called on voters in areas, where National Assembly elections were inconclusive, to come out and vote for the candidates of their choice on Saturday.
Recall that elections were suspended in two senatorial districts and five federal constituencies and were declared inconclusive at the end of the February 23 exercise.
A statement signed by the Head of Department, Voter Education, and Publicity, INEC, Rivers State, Edward Enahor, indicated that areas affected were Ikwerre, Emohua, Okrika, Akuku-Toru, Ahoada West and Bonny.