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A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, has asserted that the destruction of offices of the electoral body in Imo and other South-East states by gunmen, would not stop the 2023 general elections from holding.
Speaking on Arise News, which was monitored by Eastern Updates Iwu, who is chairman of the Imo Economic Development Initiative (IEDI), maintained that INEC was robust enough to withstand any attack and that no amount of destruction would prevent it from conducting the 2023 elections because its data can be easily replicated.
He called for dialogue while pointing out that the cause of the crisis in Imo State that led to the burning of police stations and INEC offices is a culmination of many issues ranging from politics to feelings of marginalisation by people of the South East. He however warned that that rather than destroy the economy of the state, there should be dialogue to find lasting solutions to the crisis.
‘People burning INEC offices have a political undertone and it has been made very clear and definitive. Luckily for the country, INEC is robust enough to withstand it because most of their data can be replicated in no time and even if you destroy their offices in Abuja, the election would still go on because of their data dynamics.
‘Someone, who burn the commission’s offices, what does the person want to achieve except to destroy the democratic process? But I don’t think they would succeed in that because it is a waste of time and resources. Whoever is doing that is doing it against Nigerians because it is the resources that should have been used for other things that would be used to rebuild the structures,’ Iwu concluded.
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