IPOB Sit-at-Home Order May Affect Anambra Governorship Election – INEC


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“INEC is concerned about this sit-at-home order. If it persist, it impact negatively on the conduct of this election, especially voting and results collation processes."

The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed concern over the sit-at-home order in Southeastern states by the outlawed separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), stating that it could affect the conduct of the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November.

This was made known by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, Nkwachukwu Orji while updating political parties on the activities  the commission for the conduct of the election.

“INEC is concerned about this sit-at-home order. If it persist, it impact negatively on the conduct of this election, especially voting and results collation processes. “

Mr. Orji said outside security concern, which is not within the the INEC purview,  the commission is putting measures in place for a smooth conduct of the election.

“We have developed a system to ensure that all the activities, programs as outlined are implemented,” he said.

The leadership of IPOB has been imposing sit-at-home order in the five state of Southeast, where they majorly operate, a civil action, according to them, is aimed at compelling to the Federal government to release their Leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The INEC National Commissioner for Voter Education, Festus Okoye expressed same worry while speaking at AIT's “Jigsaw” program.

He said if INEC fails to conduct the election within the stipulated time as prescribed by the constitution, it made lead to  “constitutional lock jam,” and may lead to declaration of state of emergency as provided by the section 305 of the Constitution.


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