Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Dame Gesila Khan has said she and her staff members at Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Port Harcourt office, tried their best to stop bloodshed during the 2015 general election in the state.
She said they sacrificed their time and energy even denied themselves of night sleep to ensure that there was no politically –motivated killing or violence that could take the lives of the youths of Rivers State.
Dame Gesila spoke yesterday at the INEC office, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, when she received Award of excellence in the conduct of 2015 election in Rivers State by the Joint Assembly of Rivers State youths.
Responding after receiving the award, the Rivers State Resident Commissioner said if nobody will praise her she will praise herself and her staffs for ensuring the safety of her staffs and 26,000 adhoc staffs recruited to work with them.
She thanked Rivers youths for identifying with the truth by the gesture of the award on her which she said was for every staff of INEC for doing a wonderful job and putting their best to educate the people on the danger of electoral violence.
“As a mother who has experienced death of a child, I know what it means for somebody to lose his child or relatives. And when I was posted to RiversState in the midst of crisis I told myself that God will help to ensure that we protect the lives of our youths.
“To ensure that we minimize the rate of death during and after election we worked hard and went round the Local government areas in the state and wards to sensitize the public on the danger of electoral violence and how to do it right without shedding blood.”