IPOB Sit-At-Home Order Threatens Anambra Governorship Election- INEC

Moses Ofodeme

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has raised serious concerns that the sit-at-home order frequently issued by the by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may truncate the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, who spoke

after the opening ceremony of Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) AMBER Zone Implementers Workshop, on Thursday expressed the fears following the effect the order may have on its preparations.

Orji, disclosed that the Commission had so far recruited and mobilized about 25, 000 Ad-hoc staff that would man the state’s 5, 720 polling units but that attacks on INEC facilities on May 23 were a source of worry to the Commission especially as it strives to achieve huge success in the coming governorship poll.

“Our preparations are on course, even with all the challenges we are facing; such as the attacks on our state office on May 23rd and the Sit-At-Home order; which is eating into our preparations.

“But we are doing our best to ensure that we overcome these challenges…We can only urge the public to be law-abiding in order to achieve the desired electoral success in the state,” he said.

Orji also said the Commission was already recruiting Ad-hoc staff online and at the same time interacting with stakeholders. He expressed satisfaction at what they had achieved so far, in terms of human structure, adding that if the success continued without future interruptions of its activities; the commission would confidently be ready by November 6 to conduct a free, fair and peaceful election.

He also dismissed claims by some stakeholders that the Commission’s earlier decision to supply non- sensitive materials for the election; from its Southeastern zonal store in Owerri, Imo, would jeopardise the smooth conduct of the poll.

Orji said the determination of the Commission to bring all the needed materials for the poll down to Awka remained unshaken; pointing out that the damaged structures at the INEC headquarters were being restored.

According to to him, “The sensitive materials will go to the Central Bank of Nigeria branch in Awka. But we are not talking about sensitive materials here. So there is no need for the alarm being raised.

“The commission is working according to plans to put all things in place by the end of this month.

“Election process is something that do not have room for mistakes. We make sure that in the process of preparing for election, all that are needed would be on ground,’’

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