The electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INC) has suspended the Continuous Voter Registration Exercise (CVR) in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State.
It was earlier reported that Mr. Nwokorie Anthony, staff of the INEC, involved in the ongoing CVR exercise, was shot dead by unknown gunmen at Nkwo Ihitte (PU 004) in Amakohia Ward (RA 02) of Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State.
In a statement signed by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, the commission stated that the incident had been reported to security agencies, to bring those responsible to justice.
INEC confirmed that two of its staff are still missing following the attack.
Part of the statement read: “The State Office is making efforts to locate the whereabouts of the two remaining (INEC) staff involved in the registration exercise.
“Prior to this incident, the Commission had suspended the CVR in Orsu and Njaba Local Government areas of the State on account of insecurity, while the exercise is taking place only at the INEC LGA office in Or East, Or West, Orlu and Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Areas of the State.”
INEC condoled with the family of Nwokorie Anthony and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
“We enjoin the President-General of the various Town Unions in Imo State, as well as all stakeholders to protect the staff of the Commission engaged in national assignment,” he said.
Okoye noted that the safety and security of staff was important to the commission