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INEC suspends CVR exercise in Imo over attack on officials

By Yomi Kareem

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it has suspended the Continuous Voter Registration exercise in Imo State, over attack on its personnel.

The Commission in a statement yesterday by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, stated that INEC suspended the CVR exercise in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State.

According to him, the action was sequel to a report by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Professor Emeka Ezeonu, to the effect that yesterday, 14th of April 2022, Mr. Nwokorie Anthony, a staff of the Imo State office of the Commission involved in the ongoing CVR exercise, was shot dead by unknown gunmen at Nkwo Ihitte (PU 004) in Amakohia Ward (RA 02) of Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area.

The REC further reported that the State Office is making efforts to locate the whereabouts of the two remaining staff involved in the registration exercise.

Prior to this incident, the Commission had suspended the CVR in Orsu and Njaba Local Government areas of the State on account of insecurity while the exercise is taking place only at the INEC LGA office in Oru East, Oru West, Orlu and Ohaji – Egbema Local Government Areas of the State.

The Commission in the statement extended its condolences to the family of Nwokorie Anthony and prayed that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss. The incident has been reported to security agencies to unravel the circumstances that led to this unfortunate incident and bring the culprits to justice.

“We enjoin the President General of the various Town Unions in Imo State as well as all the critical stakeholders to protect staff of the Commission engaged in national assignment. The safety and security of staff is of paramount importance to the Commission, particularly with the devolution of the voter registration exercise beyond our State and Local Government Area offices nation in our determination to serve Nigerians better,” Okoye added.

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