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Calls for Reorganization of INEC Imo State Ahead of Governorship Poll

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Calls for Reorganization of INEC Imo State Ahead of Governorship Poll
Two human rights groups, Intersociety and CLO, have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently reorganize its office in Imo State before the November 11 Governorship Poll. The groups cited anomalies and alleged electoral fraud during the 2023 polls in the state as reasons for their demand.

AWKA - Two human rights groups, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) and Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently reorganize its office in Imo State before the November 11 Governorship Poll to guarantee free and credible elections.

The call by the human rights groups followed the anomalies and alleged electoral fraud that marred the 2023 Presidential, National and State Assembly polls in the state. The groups, through separate letters addressed to the INEC headquarters, raised concerns about the integrity of the electoral process in Imo State and demanded a comprehensive overhaul of the Imo INEC and its principal departments.

During the 2023 polls, various INEC officers were strongly accused of playing different roles to undermine the credibility of the elections. The Imo State Assembly Poll, in particular, was criticized as being the worst of all, with candidates of the State ruling APC winning 26 out of the State's 27 House of Assembly seats.

Intersociety, in its letter signed by board chairman Emeka Umeagbalasi, head of publicity Chidinma Udegbunam, and head of Contacts and Mobilization Ositadinma Agu, expressed concerns about the poor handling of the elections by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Sylvia Agu. The group called for a repositioning of the State's INEC and the removal of the REC and 17 other top electoral officers.

The South-East CLO, in its letter, advocated for inclusive, transparent, accountable, and credible Governorship Election in Imo State. It called for the immediate transfer of the Imo INEC REC along with 17 other top officials. The CLO highlighted its investigative findings, pointing out that a credible democratic government in Imo State is crucial to addressing the myriad of problems the State has been facing for years.

Both groups raised concerns about the overstaying of some Electoral Officers in the State's Local Government Areas, making them vulnerable to electoral corruption and related sharp practices. They also expressed doubts about the ability of the Imo REC, Prof Sylvia Agu, to conduct a free, participatory, and credible Governorship Poll in the State on November 11, 2023.

These calls for the reorganization of the INEC office in Imo State underscore the need for transparency and accountability in the electoral process. The demands by Intersociety and CLO reflect the concerns of citizens who want their votes to count and their voices to be heard. It is essential for the INEC headquarters to address the anomalies arising from the 2023 elections and take necessary actions to ensure a free, fair, and credible Governorship Poll in Imo State.

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