Igbos Are Being Disenfranchised – Nwodo

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of deliberately working to disfranchise the Igbo in 2019.

President-General Chief John Nnia Nwodo spoke when the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Emeka Ononamadu visited him.

According to him, there is shortage of registration materials in virtually all Southeast states in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

Nwodo said he had visited many of the registration centres and so concluded that the Southeast is being short-changed.

He said: “I am of the conclusion that INEC has deliberately denied this area of registration materials to ensure that we are under-registered. I say this not because I am the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, but as a lawyer who respects evidence.

“Take for instance my home, Ukehe, in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area. Last week, I went home to check happenings. It was confirmed my voters’ card is valid. But only about three polling units has INEC officials; they were present in only one polling unit in my village, and luckily it was my polling unit.

“That booth has between 18 and 20 polling units, which are registration booths. There was only one machine in my ward, which was in my registration area.

“And unlike the machines I saw in the North, which captures five fingers at once, the machine in my polling unit can only capture one finger at a time. And I belive that since there two polling booths on one side, there should be two registration centers.

“Their laminating sheet finished and everyone got a temporary voters’ card. Those who got couldn’t laminate, and those who deal with palm oil and all sorts of charcoal and firewood would have tendencies to mutilate the temporary one before the election if they don’t get a permanent one.

“This may make it difficult to recognise their face or their thumbprint or signatures.”

Nwodo prosised that Ohanaeze will provide logistics to INEC to register people who turned out for the exercise.


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