GUNMEN ATTACK: INEC Suspends Voter’s Card Registration In Imo | WATCH VIDEO

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GUNMEN ATTACK: INEC Suspends Voter’s Card Registration In Imo | WATCH VIDEO

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has suspended Voter’s Card Registration in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo state.

Gunmen who claimed to be fighting for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had on Thursday, raided a registration point in the LGA, killing one official of the Electioneering Body.

The gunmen in viral videos said they had warned against any form of election as they are fighting for the people.

In a statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, INEC noted that the indefinite suspension is also effective in 54 additional registration centres created in the state.

The Commission also noted that two of its staff who were missing after the gunmen attack have established contact with INEC.

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The statement titled; ‘Suspension of voter registration outside the state and local government offices in Imo State’ read;

“Further to the unfortunate incident in Imo State in which our staff was killed by gunmen in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area yesterday, the Commission has decided to suspend the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration exercise in all the 54 additional centres created to facilitate the registration of voters across the State.

 

“The exercise will now be confined to our State and Local Government Area offices except in Orsu, Njaba and Ihitte Uboma where it is suspended indefinitely.

“This decision follows a further report from the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Francis C. Ezeonu, of threats to our staff involved in the exercise in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area. Earlier, the Commission had restricted the exercise to our offices in Oru East, Oru West, Orlu and Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Areas.

“Meanwhile, the Commission has now established contact with two of our staff missing after yesterday’s attack in Ihitte Uboma. They are safe and will soon be reunited with their families.

 

“The safety of staff remains a primary concern to the Commission. We will continue to ensure that no staff is put in harm’s way while working with the security agencies and community leaders to protect them and facilitate their work.”

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