Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday condemned the "22-hour No Movement Order’’ announced by INEC in the lead-up to the Nov. 16 governorship election in Anambra.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC announced an order restricting the people’s movement from 12 midnight on Friday, November 15, to 10.00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16.
A statement issued by Lai Mohammed, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of APC, in Lagos wondered why such a drawn-out restriction on the people’s movement should be imposed.
The APC said that even during general elections, people were allowed to move around freely from 4.00 p.m. on the day of election.
"Election is not a war but a celebration of democracy. Declaring a 22-hour curfew for an election in only one state raises serious questions.
"Where in the world is a 22-hour curfew imposed during an election?
"In any case, Anambra does not have the kind of terrain or riverine communities that will justify waiting for hours for election results to be taken from the polling units to the collation centre.
"Hence, there is no reason to turn Anambra into a ghost state just to hold a governorship election" the party said.
The APC, therefore, called on INEC to reconsider its stance on the overstretched curfew.
It said that with the creation of 1 973 extra polling points by INEC, out of the original 4 608 units, the election should even be faster.
It said that the arrangement would enable voters to use less time to complete accreditation and voting processes.