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The Crazy 22-Hour Curfew In Anambra

Published on November 14, 2013 by   ·   6 Comments

The 22-hour restriction on movement from midnight on Friday 15 November, to 10p.m. on Saturday 16 November during the Anambra State governorship election is unnecessary and unprecedented in the history of our nation. It is illogical and has no place in a democratic setting anywhere in the world.

Even during general elections, Nigerians are allowed to move around freely from 4p.m. on election day. There is no logical explanation why an extended curfew should be imposed because of an isolated election in Anambra State.

We believe that an election is not a war, but a celebration of democracy. It is the day the people choose those who will lead them. It is certainly not a day to create fear, panic or intimidation. How can the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, justify the collosal loss in terms of revenue that would have been generated during the 22 hours the curfew would last? Who came up with such a hare brained idea?

We agree with those who have expressed concern about declaring a 22-hour curfew for an election in only one state. Many are wondering if the overstretched curfew is a ploy to rig the election. We call on INEC to discard the unnecessary curfew and allow free movement from 4 p.m. as it has been done in the past without hitches. What is important for INEC is to ensure that the election is free and fair and that the will of the people is respected. There should be no cooked up results or manipulation of figures.

INEC should ensure that election materials get to all the polling units on time and its officials are deployed to all the voting centres at the right time. INEC officials should not collude with some candidates to deprive the strongholds of their opponents of electoral materials as was the case in the recent Senatorial election in Delta State because that is one of the worst forms of election rigging as voters in such affected areas would be disenfranchised  automatically.

The commission should also ensure that there are no missing names or that there are fictitious names added to the voters’ register. It should ensure that there is no thumbprinting or snatching of ballot boxes. INEC has enough time to perfect its logistics to ensure a free and fair election. Nigerians will not accept any excuses for any shoddy handling of the crucial election. The world is watching.

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6 Comments for “The Crazy 22-Hour Curfew In Anambra”

  1. Yemi Adeyemi

    This PM News comment actually show clear picture of the Newspaper as mouthpiece of APC, this is a handout from Lai Mohammed. Why is APC not comfortable with the curfew imposed, maybe the confew have countered its plan for those hours people are expected to remain in their house. PMnews should know that the paper is not meant for APC members only, it should learn to be more objective, unbias and neutral.

    .. DO NOT VOTE FOR APC …THEY ARE JUST AGGRIEVED POLITICAL COMPLIANANTS APC & Asiwaju Propagandaist Conference “apc” always trying to use manipulations as willing tools?….VOTE PDP …Up Tony….So to Speak..

  3. @ OLABODE, so you can not make meaningful contribution it is a pity
    Why must you attacked an individual when making comments. PLEASE BE REASONABLE AT LEAST FOR ONCE

  4. AdeOla

    We should forget being sentimental and try to be reasonably focused on the issue.

    The question the PM News is trying to ask is : Why should there be curfew beyond the 4.00pm Saturday, after the election might have been concluded to 10 pm that day?

  5. omoluabi

    Thanks Jare AdeOla. Yemi Adeyemi, where was APC mentioned or implied in the write up above? people are so impoverish intellectually! the simple question is why not end the movement restriction to 4pm? what about innocent travellers and traders who are non indegenes but have to travel through the state? just because of one state election? what is not good is not good especially for precedence sake!

  6. I just hope that no ill intention meant.

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