The Imo State chapter of the Labour Party, LP, on Monday, staged a protest against the alleged delay by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to release the Certified True Copies (CTCs) of documents of the recently concluded Governorship poll.
Mr Callistus Ihejiagwa, State Chairman of the party, led the protest. The Chairman and party supporters marched to the INEC Office on Port Harcourt Road, Owerri.
Ihejiagwa said that the party had long applied for the CTCs but regretted that the electoral umpire had yet to release the documents nine days after the poll.
He, therefore, urged the INEC’s National Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and INEC Federal Commissioner for the South-East, Mr Ken Ukaogu, to prevail on the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Sylvia Agu, “to release the said documents, as requested”.
“As the collation of results was about to begin at the state collation centre here in Owerri, I petitioned INEC concerning the manner of accreditation at the polling units, as reported by our agents across the state.
“My petition, however, fell on deaf ears as the Returning Officer, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, said it was not in his jurisdiction to hear the petition and asked us to go to court.
“Nine days on, it beats our imagination that INEC, which collated and announced results just 12 hours after the election, has yet to release the very documents – the CTCs of election documents – we need to pursue litigation, “Ihejiagwa said.
However, responding, INEC’s Head of Voter Education and Publicity in Imo, Mrs Emmanuella Ben-Opara, said the documents were being assembled and would be released to the party in due course.
Recall that INEC declared Hope Uzodinma as the winner of the November 11 governorship election in the state.
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