*May Drag INEC to Court
From Chuks Collins, Awka
July 29, 2022
The global coalition of all Peter Obi Support Groups under aegis of Peter Obi Support Network(POSN) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to consider extension of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise until at least, November 2022.
The group’s Director for Legal/ Election Monitoring, Modupe Olufemi-Akodu in a media parley in Abuja today disclosed that they might be left with no other option but to approach the court to compel INEC to rescind its plan suspend further registration of potential voters by july 31,2022.
The legal action option, according to POSN was being considered “since all entreaties to INEC to continue the voter registration exercise appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
“We have made several appeals to INEC to stick to the Electoral Law which stipulates that voter registration should stop 90 days before the general elections, but all our entreaties seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
“The commission, from all indications is going ahead with its plans to suspend the exercise on the 31st of July. This is suspected to be a trick to disenfranchise millions of young potential voters who have not been able to register or transfer their cards within this period.”
Mrs Olufemi-Akodu raised the alarm that INEC’s action amounts to voter suppression, which it allegedly hopes would favour a particular political party against the other at the poll.
However some concerned prominent citizens, especially candidates in coming 2023 general Elections have lent their voices to the call for extension.
Barrister Chibuzor Okeke and Donatus Ukwuoma Ngige, both contesting for Idemili North and South State Constituency respectively on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) had bitterly lamented over what they described as inadequate INEC staff, registration points and computers among other observed limitations within their areas.
Also the APC flagbearer for the Idemili Federal Constituency, Hon Ifeanyichukwu Ibezi expressed concern over the slow pace of the registration process. He pointed out that there has been observable surge of persons wanting to register in the last on week. But that the lines in each of the registration locations were dragging, “whereas our people are always in a hurry to go and attend to other private matters.
Hon Ibezi, just like POSN, Okeke and Ngige appealed for extension of time to enable all interested eligible voters get registered.
Ibezi charged citizens to ensure they cast their votes wisely for him, and other progressive minded candidates including Chibuzor Okeke and Donatus Ngige for a better Idemili and Nigeria, on the election dates