INEC disturbed over insecurity in Anambra, alerts on imminent constitutional crisis – Nexus News

Thirty-six days to the Anambra governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shown concern over worsening security challenges in the state.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known yesterday, at a forum on ‘Inclusive Election in Anambra and Beyond’, hosted by INEC Press Corp in Abuja.

He disclosed that a constitutional conflict might arise in the state if the commission is unable to hold elections on account of insecurity.

Represented by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, the INEC chairman noted that Section 178 of the Constitution has confined the period for the conduct of governorship elections.

He noted that the tenure of the present governor would lapse on March 17, 2022. Citing relevant sections of the constitution, Yakubu stated that the earliest date for the election in Anambra is October 18, 2021, while the latest date is February 15, 2022.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman

“By virtue of the provisions of Section 1978(2) of the Constitution and Section 25(8) of the Electoral Act, election into the office of a state governor shall hold not earlier than 150 and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office,” Yakubu said.

Read Also: Insecurity: Naval Chief solicits For Border Walls

He said: “The commission needs a safe and secure environment for efficient and professional deployment of staff and materials. We must realize that young men and women doing their National Youth Service form the bulk of our Presiding Officers. Some of them are the only sons and daughters of their parents. Some of them graduated from school through determined perseverance in the face of hardship.

“Some of them are the products of community effort, while some of them did menial jobs to graduate. We, therefore, have a responsibility to protect them in the performance of this national assignment.”

“No form of insurance can cover for the loss of one life and the commission will on no account compromise on the safety and welfare of these individuals and all other staff that will be deployed for the election.”

Yakubu, therefore, implored all important stakeholders to work with the commission to avoid a constitutional crisis.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.