NewsExpress advert FCMB banner
Come out and vote on Nov. 18, activists tell Anambra voters •Dismiss IPOB’s death threat

By News Express on 13/11/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 471

•The police have assured adequate protection for Anambra voters
•The police have assured adequate protection for Anambra voters

The Int’l Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) and the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) have called on the people of Anambra State to disregard the recent threat of ‘vote and die’ issued ahead of the November 18 governorship election in the state by Uche Mefor, deputy leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In a statement issued on Sunday in Onitsha, the rights groups also declared that the militarisation of the poll security by the Federal Government must not be allowed to scare away Anambra voters.

Intersociety and SBCHROs expressed the view that the massive security deployment for the election is also an indirect confirmation of earlier security information received by its leaderships alleging that the Federal Government has special interest in the poll and wants to capture the state at all costs.

They said: “Apart from over 21,000 armed police personnel being deployed for the Poll as announced by the Nigeria Police authorities via Anambra CP, Garuba Umaru, there are also 10,000 armed Soldiers, 5,000 armed Naval personnel and 3,000 armed Air Force personnel. There are additional 11,000 armed personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) and 3000 of its Dogs; totaling 50,000 armed security personnel.

“Although, it is alleged in some informed quarters that these figures are usually inflated by security authorities for illicit monetary gains or criminal enrichment, but they remain official figures available in the official government records. That is to further say that with only 4,608 polling booths in Anambra State, it statistically means 11 armed security personnel are allocated for each of the 4,608 polling booth in the state. This is the highest militarised election in the history of civilian-civilian democratic poll in any part of the world.”

The groups pointed out that militarisation of democratic polls is one of the greatest threats to poll popularity, safety and credibility in modern democratic dispensation or electoral process, adding that it is also a truism that modern concept of election rigging is rooted in poll militarisation, which creates poll insecurity by threatening and scaring away voters from polling booths. The theory of anti election rigging grandly holds that the larger the voters’ turnout, the slimmer the chances to rig, but the lower the voters’ turnout, the bigger the chances to rig.

According to Intersociety and SBCHROs, “It is also grandly found that living votes are very difficult to rig or manipulate, unlike   dead or fake votes   that are very easy to manipulate. Through   dead votes, an unpopular candidate can easily emerge and be declared winner. That is to say   the larger the voters’ turnout the brighter the chances of emergence of the people’s choice and   the lower the voters’ turnout the bigger the chances of emergence of an unpopular candidate/oligarchic gubernatorial puppet as next Anambra Governor or the return of incumbent oligarchic puppet.

“The totality of the foregoing is that neither IPOB’s threat of ‘vote and die’ nor Buhari’s militarisation of Anambra poll means well for the entire citizens and residents of the state especially its 2.15 million registered voters. The two ill-fated actions are therefore very regrettable and condemnable. The IPOB’s threats of violence against its own homeland population are contained in the Punch Newspaper of Saturday, 11th November 2017. It is found here: die-ipob-threatens-anambra- residents/.”

The groups said stopping people from participating in electoral process or choosing their leaders especially through intimidation and threats of violence is universally abominable, pointing out that UN Covenant on Civil Political Rights of 1976, the African Charter on Human People’s Rights of 1981 and Chapter Four of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution (which predates the 1999 Constitution); rights to vote or be voted for are not only sacrosanct, but also strikingly justiciable.  

“Stopping election or people from choosing their leaders democratically especially in a staggered governorship poll such as that of Anambra State has a double-edged implication and far reaching consequences. This is because stoppers of election today can be victims of stopped election of tomorrow; be it staggered governorship poll, local government poll, general poll or referendum or plebiscite.  It is so sad that the same Anambra State and its People that spent three years in court to get back their stolen mandate and spent several months further to make history as the pioneer and only introducer of staggered election calendar in Nigeria; are being intimidated and threatened with violence to stay away from participating in the same electoral process they fought hard to introduce into Nigeria’s electoral calendar.”

Source News Express

Posted 13/11/2017 05:52:38 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+



REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...


You may also like...
Meet Ikpomwonsa, the young goal machine who Heartland...

Kia Rio up for grabs at YUDALA ZERO...

RIGHTSView, By EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO: Nigeria: Is it Democracy...

EPL: United stun hosts City in battle of...

Probe missing Chibok Safe School funds, SERAP tells...

Tinubu, Oyegun, other APC leaders storm Obasanjo's birthday...

Buhari holds talks with Cameron in London

Expect cloudy conditions today, and thunderstorms — NiMET...

Bayelsa Governor appoints new SSG

Wanted major Boko Haram suspect nabbed in Lagos...

We’ll sack Amaechi if you shut down Jonathan’s...

Bayelsa Polls: Dickson submits nomination, predicts victory for...


Latest News Buhari leads heavyweights to Kano for Dangote’s daughter’s wedding Herdsmen occupy 3 Delta communities NJC appoints 60 judges for 25 states + Names of the judges Air hostess dies after falling from plane EXCLUSIVE: Buhari, National Assembly leaders strike deal on 2018 Budget 100 arrested over Ojota Lagos violence FG sets up National Food Security Council, appoints members Petroleum Industry Bill ready for presidential assent by end-March — Committee Chairman Oil prices jump, Brent hits approximately $70 Lagos Land Use Charge review a plus to the people, says NIM Russia, U.S. to hold joint test flight to moon in 2019 Violence erupts in Madrid over African migrant’s death


Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (331,810 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (324,370 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (260,041 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (213,847 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (197,650 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (191,969 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (167,273 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (150,059 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (142,846 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (132,731 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (132,261 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (125,562 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business & Economy (2,968) Business Verdict (36) Columnists (813) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (206) Entertainment (455) Features (552) Global Business Monitor (237) International (1,851) Interview (145) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (114) News (33,658) Opinion (894) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,615) Religion (700) Sports (1,456) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update





Football Highlight -- BARCELONA - CHELSEA 3:0


APO Group Partner




REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera