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Biafra: Election boycott or not, winner must emerge – INEC

By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU‎- THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has stated that whether people boycott elections or not, winners must emerge in any scheduled election.

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The electoral body said that whatever number of people that participated in an election, the conduct would obviously produce winner.

It also added that no matter the agitation anybody or group may have, elections are crucial to governance since somebody must be a helmsman at any point in time.

INEC also noted that even if there would be a referendum in the country, INEC registers that would be relied upon to determine legibility for participation in the referendum.

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Enugu state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu made the statements in Enugu in a press briefing on the state of on-going Continuous Voters Registration, CVR, in the state.

Ononamadu noted that it would be wiser if legible voters are registered since greater participation of voters in elections help discourage electoral malpractice.

He however said that so far, there has not been any challenge of Pro-Biafra groups against the exercise in the state.

He disclosed that there is wide gap between census figures and number of voters and urged people up to 18 years that have not obtained voters cards to do so in other to close the wide margin.

Ononamadu further disclosed that 68, 672 voters have so far registered in the the on-going CVR while 8 registration centres were approved in addition to 17 statutory centres in the state‎.

He said that the state has so far distributed 3, 978 Permanent Voters Card, PVC, while 4000 cards were either lost or defaced.

He noted that the second quarter of the CVR will immediately commence‎ from July 31 2017, adding that “this is the first time we are practicing what the law says and the continuous registration will continue till close to election.”

He said that display of voters registers have commenced at the registration centres and urged people to check if their names were either omitted or spelt wrongly.


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