IPOB has been blamed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the low voter turnout in the November 6 governorship election, which was declared inconclusive.

“The politics of agitation for a separate state has created a whole state of fear in this part of the country,” Sam Egwu, INEC’s supervising resident electoral commissioner for Anambra, told Channels TV on Sunday evening. “Over time, the IPOB has been able to enforce the sit-at-home order. As a result, IPOB’s fear has become the source of wisdom.”

“We have had a problem with extremely low voter turnout,” he said, referring to the impact IPOB had on turnout. I believe that if you are scientific in terms of what we are seeing in many local governments, you are actually dealing with less than 25% voter turnout, which is not good for our democracy.”

Mr. Egwu was the supervising resident electoral commissioner for the local government areas of Onitsha North, Onitsha South, and Ogbaru.

INEC postponed the governorship election in Anambra until November 9 in the early hours of Monday.

Returning Officer Florence Obi said the election did not take place in Ihiala LGA and that announcing the winner would be difficult due to the leading candidate Charles Soludo’s insufficient margin of victory.

Mr Soludo’s APGA has maintained a comfortable lead over his main rivals, the APC and the PDP, but Ihiala has more registered voters than APGA’s runner-up PDP.

On Saturday, elections were held in 20 of the state’s 21 local government areas. Officials claim that residents of the local government were unable to exercise their franchise due to technical issues, logistics, and security concerns.