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INEC Agrees to handover Okorocha Certificate to him without Stress.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reluctantly agreed to ‘meet as soon as practicable’ to issue the immediate past governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha certificate of return as the senator-elect for Imo West senatorial district.

The commission in the statement signed by National Commissioner and chairman Information and Voter Education committee, Festus Okoye, however, expressed worry that if electoral impunity is allowed to flourish, any individual can harass, intimidate and put the commission’s officers under duress, procure a favourable declaration and be rewarded with a certificate of return.

Reacting to Friday’s judgement of the Federal High Court ordering the commission to issue a certificate of return to him as the commission said that as a law-abiding institution, it would continue to obey judgements of all courts of competent jurisdiction.

It said: “The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to the judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by the Hon. Justice Okon Abang, directing the commission to issue a certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha as the senator-elect for Imo West senatorial district.

However, the commission’s overriding consideration is the safety of its ad-hoc staff, Electoral Officers and Collation/Returning Officers and is worried that if electoral impunity is allowed to flourish, any individual can harass, intimidate and put the commission’s officers under duress, procure a favourable declaration and be rewarded with a certificate of return,” the statement read.

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