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According to the report, the INEC, which is headed by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has confirmed the decision to declare November 6, 2021, as the date for the Anambra state governorship election, despite public calls to postpone the election to address security concerns facing the state.
As is customary in Nigerian elections, chaos and unrest are common on election day, in addition to the high incidence of ballot box theft, which is a major concern for the authorities. But it is possible that these problems have ended due to an order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2019 general elections in which he ordered security agencies to arrest anyone who attempted to cause unrest and shoot anyone who stole ballot boxes.
At the moment, it is predicted that the problems that used to occur during the previous elections will not happen in the Anambra state elections, but it is believed that the INEC may face major challenges that go beyond the previous ones.
The implications of the threat posed by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, could occur during the election because, if we recall, in the past, the IPOB has issued a proclamation banning all activities related to the Nigerian government in the southern Nigeria region. If you will not forget, the impact of the IPOB threat was confirmed due to reports that the group disrupted the sessions of some students during their West African Examination Council, WAEC exams.
(Area in southern Nigerian region amid "Sit-at-home.)
Furthermore, INEC is likely to face low voter turnout, due to the impact of the illegal "Sit-at-home" order imposed by the IPOB on the people of the state. However, voters may choose to abstain from voting in order to avoid harassment by IPOB members.
Therefore, these issues should be a major concern for the federal and Anambra state governments to ensure that they provide effective solutions that will ensure the stability of the Anambra people who will support them in coming out to vote and provide them with good governance that will bring development to their area.
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