Although the elections have not yet taken place, there has already been some commotion about it.
On Thursday, a gang of four hoodlums raided the Ihitte Uboma local government area in Imo state, killing a member of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Okorie Anthony, during the current Continuous Voters Registration Exercise, CVR.
In a statement to newsmen in Owerri, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, confirmed this.
The event occurred in Nkwo Ihitte (PU 004) in Amakohia ward (RA 02), he said, adding that two other staff members were still missing.
The hoodlums declared in the web video that they intended to give out the message that there will be no election in 2023.
According to INEC, “The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has suspended the continuous voter’s registration exercise in Ihette Uboma Local Government Area of Imo state.
“This is the sequel to the report of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Francis Ezeonu, to the effect that on the 14 April 2022, a staff of the commission Mr Anthony Okorie, involved in the ongoing CVR, exercise was shot dead by unknown gunmen at Nkwo Ihitte (PU 004) in Amakohia ward (RA 02) of Ihitte Uboma local government area of the state.
“The REC further reported that the state office is making efforts to locate the whereabouts of two remaining staff involved in the registration.”
“Before this incident, the commission has suspended the CVR, in Orsu and Njaba local government areas of the state, on account of insecurity while the exercise is taking place only in the INEC LGA office in Oru East, Oru West, Orlu, and Ohaji/Egbema local government areas of the state,” he said.
Amen, to an increase in state security…