Ika South residents threaten to sue INEC
The people of Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of trying to disenfranchise them.
The council was excluded from the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). INEC said the council’s voter register was cancelled following the corruption of the electronic database.
The people threatened to sue the commission, if it fails to correct the error “in good time”.
At a town hall meeting in Agbor at the weekend, the people agreed to peacefully protest INEC’s action.
The facilitator of the meeting and Executive Director of the New Dawn Centre for Leadership and Development, Felix Morka, said: “Many people who are eligible to vote could not register because of the time limit and the shoddy arrangement that INEC made in the first registration in Ika South. If INEC wants us to start all over again, it should organise the process in a way that is credible. INEC must provide sufficient time and resources, both technical and human.
“In the past few weeks or so, we have written letters of appeals and spoken the language of request, but we have been compelled to increase our tone.
“We need explanations and demand that they restore our voter register. If for any reason INEC fails to restore the register, it must come to Ika South to conduct a fresh registration, which means adequate time must be allocated.”
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