By Henry Umoru & Emma Ovuakporie
ABUJAâ€”A group, Anambra Rebirth Coalition, said yesterday that 2011 general elections will not be feasible if the present leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,Â was left to conduct it, just as it called for the sack of Professor Maurice Iwu.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja yesterday, the Coordinator of the group, Ike Neliaku, noted that if Nigeria must get it right in the 2011 general elections, there was the need for the implementation of the Justice Mohammed Uwaisâ€™ Electoral Reform Committeeâ€™s report.
The group which noted that the declaration of Peter Obi of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, as the winner of the February 6Â governorship election was not a valid representation of the 1.8 million voting population of the state, stressed that in the interest of peace, stability and progress of Anambra State, the results should be accepted on the principle of representative sampling.
Neliaku noted thatÂ Obi was elected with 5.5% of the votes cast, while onlyÂ 17%Â of the registered voters voted in the election.
â€œIt was therefore with shock and dismay that we observed that some of the issues raised by many communities, months before the elections, concerning the continuous voter registration exercise appeared not to have been treated by INEC. It was as if the Commission was reluctant to perform such vital task deemed fundamental to the conduct and outcome of any credible elections in the state. Some INEC officials reportedly claimed not to have adequate logistics to perform the all important exercise.
â€œIt would appear that some communities, organisations and highly placed individuals resorted to self help to ensure the exercise took place in their areas, while INEC gave assuring that it was on top of the issues.Weeks before the election, many communities and individuals raised concern about the existence of voters registersâ€, he said.