INEC has halted operations in four Anambra State local government areas due to security concerns.
Idemili North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, and Ayamelum make up the four local government councils.
Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), disclosed this on Friday at the INEC office in Awka during a press conference on the state’s ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise.
According to him, the situation in Ayamelum was so dire that the local government administration had to be relocated to Oyi Local Government Area, which was nearby.
During the attack on Nnewi South local government, Orji claimed, the INEC office and materials were burned down.
“Our offices, as well as all of our property in Nnewi South, were destroyed, including the registration devices.” “We can only return to Nnewi South when we are certain the situation is safe for operations,” he explained.
According to him, the commission is doing everything possible to ensure that the state’s registration process is successful.
He also pleaded with the public to sympathise with the commission and assist it in completing the exercise successfully.
He did, however, say that INEC had recently noticed an increase in citizens attempting to register in the ongoing registration exercise, and he urged them to be patient with workers.
“The commission’s resources and capacity have been severely strained by the surge in the number of prospective registrants.” Prospective registrants have also experienced long lines and other inconveniences as a result of this.
“The commission is responding to these challenges by establishing additional registration centres in state and local government area offices, as well as reopening some local government offices that were closed due to insecurity,” he explained.
He also advised prospective registrants to report any officers who misbehaved during the exercise to INEC.
He went on to say that people should include specific details in their complaints, such as names and addresses, so that the wrongdoing officers can be tracked down.