Following the sad incident which happened at Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in Imo State.
The verdict to suspend the CVR exercise in the state was reached after an INEC official identified as Mr. Nwokorie Anthony, was shot dead at Nkwo Ihitte (PU 004) in Amakohia Ward (RA 02) of Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area
INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye who made the announcement, said the commission is making efforts to locate the whereabouts of 2 of their officials, whom he said went missing or taken away after the attack.
“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.”