The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the gubernatorial election in the southern state of Anambra is under threat.
"Reports from the commission indicate that the main objective of some of the rebels is to prevent the Anambra state governorship election from taking place anyway."
The Anambra state governorship election is scheduled for November 6.
However, at an emergency meeting of INEC in Abuja, the chairman of the commission, Prof. Nuhu Yakubu, warned that the ongoing violence in the region was a major threat to the conduct of the elections.
He said the commission's reports indicated that "the main objective of some of the rebels is to prevent the Anambra state governorship election from taking place anyway."
Prof. Yakubu said the main concern of the commission was the safety and well-being of the electorate, the commission's officials, its temporary staff, as well as the security forces, who may also face insurgent attacks.
The INEC chairman called for adequate security at more than 6,000 polling stations and more than 26,000 polling officers to be deployed in the state.
However, Babagana Munguno, an adviser to the president on security matters, assured full security during the elections in Anambra State.
Security challenges continue in the south-east, including in Anambra State, as a result of the activities of the IPOB, which has intensified since the arrest of its leader Nnamdi Kanu.
The situation has hampered campaigning in the state ahead of the gubernatorial election, and there are fears of possible attacks on voters, election officials and election observers.
Content created and supplied by: Muhaliyu (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More