INEC says Anambra guber polls at risk

INEC says Anambra guber polls at risk

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says repeated sit-at-home order by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may threaten its preparations for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra.

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, expressed the fears on Thursday; while speaking with newsmen in Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area.

He spoke shortly after the opening ceremony of Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) AMBER Zone Implementers Workshop. Also, the INEC REC disclosed that the commission had so far recruited and mobilized about 25, 000 Ad-hoc staff that would man the state’s 5, 720 polling units.

However, he admitted that attacks on INEC facilities on May 23 were a source of worry to the commission; especially as it strives to achieve huge success in the coming governorship poll.

“Our preparations are on course, even with all the challenges we are facing; such as the attacks on our state office on May 23rd and the Sit-At-Home order; which is eating into our preparations.

“But we are doing our best to ensure that we overcome these challenges…We can only urge the public to be law-abiding in order to achieve the desired electoral success in the state,” he said.

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Additionally, Orji noted that the commission was already recruiting Ad-hoc staff online and at the same time interacting with stakeholders. He expressed satisfaction at what they had achieved so far, in terms of human structure.

Further, he stated that if the success continued without future interruptions of its activities; the commission would confidently be ready by November 6 to conduct a free, fair and peaceful election. However, the INEC official dismissed claims by some stakeholders that the commission’s earlier decision to supply non- sensitive materials for the election; from its Southeastern zonal store in Owerri, Imo, would jeopardise the smooth conduct of the poll.

Orji said the determination of the commission to bring all the needed materials for the poll down to Awka remained unshaken; pointing out that the damaged structures at the INEC headquarters were being restored.

“The sensitive materials will go to the Central Bank of Nigeria branch in Awka. But we are not talking about sensitive materials here. So there is no need for the alarm being raised.

“The commission is working according to plans to put all things in place by the end of this month.

“Election process is something that do not have room for mistakes. We make sure that in the process of preparing for election, all that are needed would be on ground,’’ he said.

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