Why INEC can’t store election materials in Imo -YPP

Why INEC can’t store election materials in Imo -YPP

The Young Progressives Party has rejected purported plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission to store election materials for the November 6 Anambra governorship election in Imo.

Imo State is governed by the ruling All Progressives Congress.

YPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Egbeola Martins, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that INEC said it would use the commission’s zonal headquarters office in Owerri, Imo State, to distribute non-sensitive materials for the Anambra governorship election.

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this during the commission’s quarterly meeting with media executives in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Yakubu said the decision was a result of recent vandalisation and attacks on the commission’s facilities in Anambra.

However, Martins described the plan as ill-conceived and illogical proposition capable of overheating the polity, considering the mutual suspicion already existing among the political parties.

“Our inability to have risen above petty considerations as a nation has made perception to be everything in this part of the world.

“It will be foolhardy for anyone, including INEC, to think that keeping electoral materials, whether sensitive or non-sensitive, in an APC-controlled state of Imo is right.

“We call upon INEC to rescind every plan to store election materials in Imo, as events have shown that it is not any better than Anambra or any other state within the region,” he said.

He said that if proximity was one of the considerations for the storage of election materials in Imo, Delta and Enugu states rank as better alternatives for proximity sake.

He stated that the call for this logistical rejigging should not be a herculean task, as anything contrary might suggest that INEC would be compromised.

The YPP national publicity secretary advised the electoral body to manage the cooperation and vote of confidence it currently enjoyed from critical stakeholders.

“Any attempt to go on with this plan against the popular demands of Nigerians, especially the good people of Anambra, will be strongly resisted,” he said.

Martins called for timely intervention of civil society organisations and international community in the early stage of electoral activities in Anambra.

(NAN)


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