About 700 staff members of INEC were mobilised for the supplementary legislative election in Etche.
Disclosing this in an interview with NAN in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Aniedi Ikoiwak, resident electoral commissioner (REC) blamed the attacks on the people of Rivers adding that one of the victims just regained consciousness on Sunday.
“This is one area that Nigerians should ask questions: over 25 INEC staff members are in hospital today because the people of Rivers state decided to either kill or wound them,” he said.
“They were all beaten up because they went to those villages to conduct an election.
“Let the people of Rivers state tell us the offence any of them committed. What did they do? They were bringing materials for the election; they decided to descend on them, beat them up, collect their personal belongings and run away.”
Ikoiwak added that they officials needed a peaceful environment to achieve success.
“It is very sad. None of them was beaten up in his home but where they went to conduct an election,” he said.
“Why shouldn't Nigerians discuss that? Why should people sent to conduct an election be beaten up and their belongings taken away from them?”
Speaking at a church service in Port Harcourt, Wike commended security operatives for the role they played in the exercise.
“For the first time, I want to commend the security operatives in the state. If they have been doing this way, we wouldn't have been having problems in this state,” he said.
“This is the first election I have seen in my life, since this government came, that you don't see too much involvement of security operatives and that is why nobody has died, that's why the election went on peacefully.
“I told the opposition party, because security is not interfering, that's why you can't get one seat. If they were carrying [electoral] materials as they used to do before, they would have allocated some seats.
“So, I want to commend them.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged the victors in the exercise.