Ugo Nosiri, Owerri
Women from across the three senatorial districts of Imo State have staged a peaceful protest at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Owerri, demanding the release of Certified True Copies, CTC, of documents used in the November 11 governorship election in the state to opposition political parties for inspection.
The women who came in their numbers carried placards with various inscriptions urging the INEC to do the needful without further delay.
The protest was in response to the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, who alleged that INEC was frustrating the effort of his lawyers by denying him access to results sheets and other materials used in the election.
The women called on the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof Sylvia Agu, to make available results from the IREV portal.
They urged the commission to give peace a chance, noting that the action of the Commission was capable of causing tension and worsening insecurity in the state.
The Head Voter Education and Publicity of the commission in the state, Mrs. Emmanuella Opara, dismissed the claims that the commission was denying any party access to the documents.
Mrs. Opara maintained that any party that met the requirement of making the necessary payment for the documents would be obliged as the law stipulated.