See Why Elections May Not Hold In South East – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed deep concern about the growing insecurity especially targetted towards the electoral body in the South East geopolitical zone of the country.

INEC stated that not holding elections due to the chaotic situation in the zone could lead to a constitutional crisis.

In an interview with The Punch on Friday, the Chief Press Secretary to the commission’s chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the commission and the security agencies had been discussing and comparing notes on the security situation across the country generally.

VANTAGE NEWS reports that the Indigenous People of Biafra  (IPOB) had threatened that elections would not hold in the region, starting with the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.

Unknown gunmen operating in the region had also destroyed some offices and properties of the commission in series of attacks in recent months.

However, Oyekanmi expressed hope that the Anambra election would hold with proper collaboration between the commission and security agenies.

Oyekanmi said, “The commission is deeply concerned about the security situation in the South-East. It is an established fact that INEC cannot carry out electoral activities under chaotic conditions.

“God forbid that INEC is unable to conduct such elections at the appointed time because this will lead to a constitutional crisis. The constitution did not envisage that such elections will not hold.

“With regard to the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 6, we are aware of the various efforts by the security agencies on the one hand, and all the men and women of goodwill in the region on the other, to calm things down.”

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