Despite the security threat in the south-eastern part of the country as orchestrated by the biafra agitators, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra state has reiterated its readiness to conduct a credible and transparent election, insisting that November 18, is sacrosanct.
The commission said it would not allow any change in the date as any postponement would not augur well with the commission in view of its cost implications.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji who gave the assurance on Wednesday in a meeting with the executive members of Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC) in the state, said the commission would resist any attempt to truncate the electoral process.
He cited the instances of 2015 general elections and that of Edo polls where some stakeholders, due to personal interests, pushed for shift of election dates, saying such would not be tolerated in the case of Anambra state.
“We want the election to hold as scheduled. We have 58 days to the election and we are on top of the preparations. There would not be any need for postponement.
“Any attempt to shift the date would be waste of resources. We need to conclude the election as scheduled so as to focus on the 2019 general elections.” he said. Read also: Anambra: Female journalist emerges governorship candidate
Congratulating the body for the peaceful conduct of its elections that saw to the re-election of its chairman, Orji also commended the role it played towards the successful conduct of the continuous voter registration exercise, which he described as exceptional in the history of the state.
He however appealed to the IPAC leadership to mobilize the gubernatorial candidates of the
various political parties, including the aggregation and articulation of their profiles and manifestoes to enable the commission publish them for effective voter education.
“I learnt you are organizing an election debate for all the registered political parties. All these processes are mportant as it helps to shift campaign from hate speeches and calumny to issue based campaign.” he added.
Reacting, the IPAC chairman, Prince Batho Igwedibia noted that ad-hoc staff recruited by the commission had always been a major source of concern during election in the country.
He said they always take advantage of their temporary engagements to compromise the electoral process, saying recruitment of more permanent officers would not only forestall future occurrences, but restore confidence in the process.
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