INEC Gives An Important Update On The Anambra Governorship Election.
Ejes Gist News reports, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the governorship election scheduled for November 6 in Anambra State will be ’embarrassingly transparent’ because it has put in place measures to ensure an inclusive electoral process.
In a speech delivered on Saturday in Akwa, the state capital, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Anambra State, Dr Nwachukwu Orji, stated that the forum was organised to educate and sensitise voters, particularly those with disabilities (PWDs) and women’s organisations.
According to this online news platform, the programme was put together in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening, among other organisations.
Orji, who was represented by INEC’s Director of Voters’ Education and Publicity, Mr Samuel Nimem, stated that the commission had completed most of its activities on time for the election, which he believes will help to dispel the widespread belief among the general public that the commission rigs elections in Nigeria.
“INEC is fully prepared for the election at every stage,” he stated. In addition, the electoral materials that were recently destroyed in an attack have been replaced; nonsensitive materials have been distributed to all local government areas, and training for election officials and ad-hoc staff is currently taking place as I speak to you.
In addition, we have pasted and presented the voters’ register to the political parties that are fielding candidates; we have published the final list of candidates, and we have engaged stakeholders to ensure security at polling units.”
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“To increase access to all voters, we have increased polling units to 5,720, and we are conducting aggressive voter education and sensitization campaigns, encouraging residents to exercise their civic responsibilities.”
“With all of the necessary infrastructure in place, as well as the electronic transmission of results, I can assure you that the Anambra election will be transparent.” “This will help to increase public trust in our electoral system,” Orji stated.
Therefore, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner encouraged people with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of the electoral process, pointing out that the commission had made adequate provisions in terms of voting aids in the past few years.