By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA â€”Â THE International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (INTERSOCIETY), has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its chairman, Prof Maurice Iwu, before a Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra state, praying the court for an order of Mandamus to compel the commission to start preparations for the 2010 governorship election in the state.
Counsel to the group, Mr. Chugbo Enwezor, said the group had written several letters to INEC on the need to commence the preparations for the election and to acquaint the people with such preparations, adding that although the commission received the letters, it decided to ignore them.
According to the society, the conclusion to be derived is that the Commission was playing games with the sacred rights and sensibilities of the people of Anambra state with regards to the election, which is less than five months away.
The society accused INEC of deliberately failing to carry out its constitutional duties pertaining to the election which include creation, identification and making public the electoral wards and polling booths to be used during the election.
It also faulted INECâ€™s delay in conducting voter and civic education, as well as announcing the electoral timetable and guidelines for the election 150 days to the exercise.