The heads of United Kingdom, United States, France and the European Union in Nigeria have urged the political parties in Rivers to allow the rerun of legislative elections to hold peacefully.
Saturday’s elections are taking place in the three senatorial districts, comprising eight federal constituencies for the representatives seats and 10 state constituencies for state assembly seats.
And the appeal, which was made in a joint statement, the international missions urged all political gladiators to observe the political process.
According to the statement, ”we note with concern the rising tension in Rivers State ahead of elections on 10 December.
”We call on the leadership of all political parties and their supporters in Rivers state to allow elections to go ahead peacefully.
”We encourage INEC and the security forces to perform their duties responsibly and impartially.
”We urge all parties to respect the electoral process and raise any grievances peacefully and through official channels”.
The heads of mission stressed that the leaders of all the parties were accountable for the actions of their members.
They, however, encouraged them to restrain their supporters from using or inciting violence during the elections.
Meanwhile, the elections have commenced with a large turnout of voters in Gokana Local Government Area.
In Bera Ward 16, Gokana LGA, the turnout was early and massive while the election materials arrived at 8.30 am
According to NAN report, the card readers are working well in all the 16 polling units of Bera Ward 16 in local government area visited.
The accreditation and voting started simultaneously at exactly 9:11am in all the units of Bera Ward 16.
The polling units in the local government are organised in the Community Secondary School, Bera.
The agency reports that voters were coordinated but under the heavy presence of the security operatives.
All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance agents were seen in each of polling units in the Ward 16.