Monday, 18 September 2017

Biafra : Anambra sets to postpone elections.

Voters Rights International has called for the postponement of the November 18 Anambra election, warning that the face off between the Nigerian Army and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) could jeopardize a successful conduct.

Voters Rights International president, Barrister Jezie Ekejiuba, said this in statement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Anambra State, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji penultimate Thursday at Awka.

Addressing the participants, Dr. Orji said that some of the challenges that may affect the election process include the pro-Biafra agitators, general discontentment in the SouthEast region and security challenges in the region which might rub off in the electoral process.

He also listed other challenges already affecting the job of the commission to include meagre funding, erratic power supply, policy delay and discontentment on the part of voters. ​Respon​ding, VRI said it does not see how the commission will do any magic to overcome challenges identified by the commission in less than two months time.

It said: “Apart from the above INEC’s identified challenges to the poll, we recall the earlier threats posed to the poll as reported in the media including the boasts by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that it would stop the poll unless there was a referendum on Biafra before the conduct of the poll and the legal challenge by the pending Supreme Court case in Appeal No. SC.671/2016 INEC V. Barrister Jezie Ekejiuba and Anor in which the activist lawyer had already warned the commission that he would file an interlocutory application for an injunction to stop the commission from conducting the Anambra governorship election for excluding formerly deregistered political parties as alluded to by Dr. Orji in his above statement.
​”​We consider what is happening in the SouthEast region (including Anambra State) today as constituting as “other emergencies” and “cogent and verifiable reason” as provided in the above quoted provision of the Electoral Act enough for INEC as a responsible elect

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