The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is clear that the governorship election in Anambra State slated for November 6, 2021, might not hold under the rising insecurity in the Southeast.

During a recent interview, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the chairman of the commission, stated that the commission is extremely concerned about the situation in the South-East, particularly in light of threats to disrupt the elections in the zone.

INEC also stated that if it (the commission) is unable to conduct general elections in the region, there could be a constitutional crisis.

Oyekanmi, on the other hand, stated that INEC had been in contact with security agencies through the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, which was established in 2015.

As a result, he said, the commission and the security agencies had been talking about and comparing notes about the security situation across the country more broadly.


“The security situation in the South-East has piqued the commission’s interest,” the commission stated. It is a well-known fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cannot conduct electoral activities in a chaotic environment.

We pray that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is unable to conduct such elections at the scheduled time because this will cause a constitutional crisis.” The constitution made no provision for the possibility that such elections would not take place.

According to Oyekanmi, “we are aware of the various efforts by the security agencies on one hand, and all men and women of goodwill in the region on the other hand, to bring things back to normal ahead of the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 6.”

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