By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI— The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been accused of deliberately working towards disenfranchising many voters in Imo State.
Chairman of Owerri Federal Constituency Elders Forum, Prince Lemmy Akakem, said Professor Attahiru Jega was not being honest when he said Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was ready to conduct the polls.
Prince Akakem accused Professor Jega of acting out a script prepared by the Northern oligarchy against their perceived enemies.
He alleged that while under-aged persons in the North were collecting PVCs, at 64, he does not have one.
Akakem said: “If the election had held as earlier scheduled, many people in Imo would have been completely disenfranchised. This is not what democracy is all about.”
He expressed regrets that in Owerri North Local government Area of the state, no permanent voter’s cards had been issued to all citizens that registered in 2011.
He said: “We had earlier complained to INEC and they promised that Permanent Voter’s cards, PVCs, would be made available. We waited anxiously for one month and when nothing came, we went on a peaceful demonstration. We still do not have the cards now.”