The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that agitations for a sovereign state of Biafra affected the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the southeast (Predominant Igbo Region).
It stated that the exercise picked up in the zone only after the successful conduct of the Anambra State governorship election in November last year.INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Enugu State, Emeka Ononamadu disclosed that it was the conviction that followed the successful conduct of the Anambra election after various threats from secessionist groups that swayed the people’s interest in the registration exercise.
Speaking during INEC’s town hall meeting with civil society groups and the media, Ononamadu noted that although the agitation for Biafra was not so intense in all the states of the zone, it, however, had ripple effects on the exercise.
Majority of the residents believed that boycotting the exercise was the best way to achieve their agitation. They also felt that the Federal Government would cancel the Anambra governorship election. But when they realised that people came out to vote and the election held successfully, it changed their perception and people began to register in the various states, he stated.