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In the last few weeks, the security challenges have become worse in Anambra prompting fears that the election may not hold or that it may be adversely affected by the activities of the hoodlums and the unknown gunmen who have always been linked with the heartless attacks and killings in the state. Another major concern is the threat from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which may affect the election in Anambra despite the schedule by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
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What INEC decided to do after the threat
Although, INEC is worried about the threat by IPOB and the challenges posed the activities of the armed hoodlums including the unknown gunmen responsible for the killings, but it insists that the election would go on as planned. INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, made this position known after the inter-agency security meeting on elections.
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By this decision, it means that Anambra governorship election will still take place on November 6, 2021 as scheduled. INEC decided to ignore IPOB's threat to go ahead with its plans to conduct the election. It also disregarded the threats posed by the activities of the unknown gunmen and other criminal elements in the state to conduct the election because the election is sacrosanct in order to prevent having a vacuum in governance.
The big tasks or challenges ahead after INEC's decision
Yes, there is are big tasks ahead after INEC made the decision that the Anambra governorship election would go on. The major task is how to secure its staff and materials. INEC offices and security agencies have been attacked by the criminal elements in South East with Anambra being the epicentre in the last few weeks. How then does INEC hope to do this?
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During his address at the security meeting, INEC Boss made it known that the lives of its permanent and ad-hoc staff (usually Corps members) are at risks in view of IPOB's threats and other security challenges in Anambra. He also admitted that many of INEC's non-sensitive materials were destroyed when the commission's offices were attacked. Now that the election would still go on, how will the various staff that would work for INEC be protected?
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Reports have it that some politicians in Anambra State are hiding and not openly engaging in campaigns or other political activities due to fear of being attacked by these criminal elements. Police and other security formations were not spared. Some officers were killed in the attacks. How can INEC and security agencies secure lives, properties and guarantee a free, fair, credible and peaceful election in Anambra after it decided that the election must go on?
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