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Soldiers and policemen disagreed over who should take charge of security affairs at the INEC collation Centre in Port Harcourt on 10 March before the commission suspended the election till further notice (image courtesy The Cable)

Nigeria’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday said resumption of collation and announcement of results of the March 9 Rivers state governorship election would hold between April 2 and 5.

A schedule of activities for the completion of the Rivers election was released on Wednesday by the commission.

INEC had on 10 March suspended electoral processes in the oil-rich state as a result of violence that marred the March 9 governorship poll.

Concise News understands that many officials of INEC were held hostage while electoral materials were reportedly seized.

“Staff have been taken hostage and materials including result sheets have either been seized or destroyed by unauthorised persons,” the commission had said in statement.

“According to the timetable, a stakeholders’ meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 while the resumption of collation and announcement of results will hold between April 2 and 5. Supplementary elections will be conducted where necessary on April 13, results will be announced between April 13 and 15 while Certificates of Return will be issued on April 19.”

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