Major civil society organizations in the Southeast region on Friday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to transpose the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.
The CSOs said transposing the election would douse pressures and fears foisted on the general population specifically the voters while allowing security agencies, political parties, their candidates, and agents tore-strategize including reducing fears and planting peace and dispute verdict mechanisms and disarmament of the electoral space. INEC had assured of its “ readiness and preparedness” to go ahead with the Anambra Governorship Election on 6th Nov 2021.
In a statement printed on Friday, the CSOs said the INEC’s confidence to go ahead with the Anambra governorship election on 6th November was completely contrary to the current cases on the ground.
The CSOs include the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety); the Southeast Zone of the Civil Liberties Organization (Southeast CLO) and the Southeast Based Coalition of Democracy and Human Rights Organization (SBCHROs) with Emeka Umeagbalasi, Comrade Aloysius Attah and Prof Jerry Chukwuokoro independently subscribing the statement on their behalf.
According to the statement, INEC’s assurances “ can only be smiled at by state actor and non-state actor poll riggers. That’s to say thus that the commission’s confidence is dead on appearance and repugnant to conditions for free and fair elections, particularly the substantiated Anambra governorship election. Still, it ought to be deeply upset and concerned and shouldn’t have given similar‘ assurances of the graveyard ’”, “ If the commission is truly ready to conduct all-inclusive and believable governorship election in Anambra State.