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Think twice on election boycott, INEC warns IPOB, MASSOB


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The new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Enugu State, Mr Emeka Ononamadu, yesterday, warned pro-Biafra activists championing boycott of elections in Anambra State and other parts of the South East to think twice.

He said the boycott would do more harm than good to the people of the zone.

Specifically, Ononamadu enjoined the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), to rather mobilize those who believed in their cause to participate in the current continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise, that would even help in the event  of a possible referendum which they were clamouring for.

 Addressing a press conference in Enugu, where he updated journalists on the continuous voter registration exercise in the state, he stated that it was pleasing that there had not been any attempt by any group to interfere with the exercise in the state.

He said those calling for the boycott of the Anambra governorship election were doing a disservice to the people.

 “Even if you want to do a referendum, you will still need voters’ registration, so telling people not to participate is like shooting yourself on the foot. Election has no ethnic/religious face. Even in churches and in selection of traditional rulers, elections are conducted. It has become part and parcel of society.

“Election is a central tool you can use to aggregate opinion about who rules,” he said.


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