Some of the commission’s officials, who spoke with The Nation, vowed not to participate in the 2023 polls in those ‘troubled’ states if ongoing bloody attacks do not abate.
According to the commission, 42 of its facilities have been attacked in 14 states across the federation.
A senior INEC official, who did not want to be named, said despite assurances from security agencies and the leadership of the Commission, it will be hard to convince electoral officials to conduct elections where their safety is not guaranteed.
The source said: “From the feelers we are getting, it is most unlikely that electoral officials will be willing to come out for the election. There is serious fear.
In Imo State, a staff member who also did not want to be named said she cannot risk her life.
She recalled the killing of a colleague, Anthony Nwokorie, and the abduction of others in an attack at the Ihitte Uboma Council Area of Imo State during a voter registration exercise.
She said: “I don’t think anyone can persuade me to come out on election day and risk my life.
“I don’t think any job is worth taking the risk to be slaughtered like a goat by those gunmen.
“We all saw what happened at the Voter Registration Centre. I don’t want to experience such horror because of an election.”