Members of the Labour Party in Imo State led by the state chairman Barr. Carlistus Ihejakwa took to the streets on Thursday to demand the removal of the INEC Residential Electoral Officer in the state.
The group said that nothing more than a free, fair and credible election will be acceptable in the state during the November 11 Gubernatorial elections.
Barr. Ihejakwa said that the INEC has a constitutional duty to be an unbiased umpire and that is what they want.
They also said that based on a number of allegations and rumours over the fairness status of Imo INEC, it will be right for the electoral body to replace him with someone else who will reassure confidence in the commission.
Responding to the demands of the protesting group, the Commission’s head of Voters Education and Publicity, Emmanuela Ben Opara assured the LP members that the commission is committed to delivering free and fair election.
She also added that BVAS will be used and they will function properly.
On the removal of the Imo REC, she said that LP has no reason to fear as the election will be overseen by more than one REC.
She thanked the group for being peaceful, assuring them that the Commision will take their concerns seriously.
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