INEC suspends CVR in Imo LG after a gunman killed one of its officials.

The Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) activity in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State has been suspended by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


Mr. Nwokorie Anthony, member of the commission’s staff, was shot and killed at Nkwo Ihitte (PU 004) in Amakohia Ward (RA 02) of the Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area. 
Two other members of staff who were involved in the polling unit’s registration process are also absent.


Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner of INEC, who made the statement, said the commission is working to find out where they are.


Okoye stated:


“Prior to this incident, the Commission had suspended the CVR in Orsu and Njaba Local Government areas of the State on account of insecurity, while the exercise is taking place only at the INEC LGA office in Oru East, Oru West, Orlu and Ohaji – Egbema Local Government Areas of the State.

“The Commission extends its condolences to the family of Nwokorie Anthony and prays that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss. The incident has been reported to security agencies to unravel the circumstances that led to this unfortunate incident and bring the culprits to justice.

“We enjoin the President General of the various Town Unions in Imo State as well as all the critical stakeholders to protect staff of the Commission engaged in national assignment. The safety and security of staff is of paramount importance to the Commission, particularly with the devolution of the voter registration exercise beyond our State and Local Government Area offices in our determination to serve Nigerians better.”


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