Civil liberties group urges INEC to address concerns over Imo governorship election
The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law has expressed concern over a potential compromise of the upcoming Imo Governorship election scheduled for November 2023. In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the organization called for the immediate transfer of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Sylvia Agu and the electoral officers in the state’s 27 local government areas.
The organization, in their letter dated June 8, 2023, cited the roles played by these officials during the 2023 Presidential/National/State Assembly elections in Imo State. They alleged that these officers had exhibited behavior that compromised the credibility of the elections, particularly pointing out the State Assembly Poll as problematic.
They further raised concerns about the long stay of these electoral officers in their positions, suggesting that their prolonged tenure has made them vulnerable to corrupt practices. The organization questioned the capability of these officers to conduct a participatory and credible Governorship Poll in the state on November 11, 2023.
The letter emphasized the need for urgent action to address these concerns and ensure a free and fair election. It also criticized the recent invitation of soldiers for the poll, viewing it as a potential means of manipulation. The organization also called for the proper handling of result collation centers to prevent interference and manipulation.
They specifically requested the transfer of Imo INEC REC Prof. Sylvia Agu and the 27 local government electoral officers, listing their names and the respective local government areas they are responsible for.
The organization’s goal appears to be to ensure that the upcoming Governorship election in Imo State is conducted fairly, transparently, and without compromise.
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