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Imo Labour Party cries out: INEC delaying access to CTCs of election documents

By Victor Nwachukwu
Owerri, Nov. 18, 2023

The Labour Party (LP) in Imo has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is delaying its access to Certified True Copies (CTCs) of documents used for the November 11 governorship poll in the state.

The party’s allegation is contained in a statement issued by the Director, Media and Publicity of the Athan Achonu Campaign Organisation, Mr. Chibuikem Diala, and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Saturday.

Diala stated that the official request already made by the party’s solicitors to INEC for the CTCs was duly acknowledged and received on November 15.

He wondered why the release of the documents has been delayed.

He urged  the INEC National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to prevail on the commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo, Prof. Sylvia Agu, to release the documents, saying, “time is of essence.

“INEC was so efficient to announce the results of 27 LGAs of Imo in less than 12 hours after the election, one wonders why the commission is taking over 144 hours to release the documents backing their pronouncements.

“One would expect a better and efficient approach from the electoral body.

“We sincerely hope that this delay is not a decoy by INEC in Imo and agents of the APC led-government to tamper with sensitive materials in INEC’s possession,” Diala stated.

He called on security agencies to remain vigilant and do all they could to ensure that the CTCs were released as requested and in good time.

He thanked LP supporters for their unalloyed steadfastness and assured them of the commitment of the party’s candidate, Sen. Athan Achonu, to retrieve the mandate through due process.

INEC’s Head of Voter Education in Imo, Mrs. Emmanuella Ben-Opara, however, said that the LP, just like other political parties, is entitled to copies of the documents, adding that the documents would be released within the stipulated timeframe.

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