Anambra REC alleges Death threat.

ANAMBRA State resident electoral commissioner, Prof Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, said yesterday in Awka that he had been receiving death threats from some people in the state whose communities were yet to receive materials for the ongoing voters’ registration across the country.

About 628 voting units in many parts of Anambra State are yet to be supplied with the materials for the exercise, although the resident electoral commissioner expressed the hope that the affected areas would get the materials by today.

Addressing reporters in his office yesterday, Onukaogu said when he started receiving the threats, he reported to the state commissioner of police who, he added, had given him additional policemen to guard both his house and office.

“One of the text messages said that I should consider myself and my entire family dead if his people fail to participate in the registration. I don’t blame them for threatening my life because I understand their feeling.

“Somebody even accused me in his text message that I sold the machines and wanted me to confess. I know that the problem many have is due to the mistrust they have about INEC over the years and they still believe that it is the same type of INEC that is operating now.

“I admit that I have failed woefully to meet their expectations regarding the on-going registration, but what has been happening is not by design. I apologize to the people of this state for what is happening and they should understand that I sincerely wanted to do the best for them, but something I could not control happened,” he said.

The resident commissioner explained that of the 4900 Direct Data Capturing, DDC, machines expected to be supplied to Anambra State by three companies, one of them, which is expected to supply 805 machines, has not brought even a single unit to date.

According to him, one of the problems was that 73 laptops brought crashed, and have, however, been replaced.


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