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Anambra 2021: INEC assures tight security

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has expressed concern over the security situation in Anambra and the adjoining states as the November 6th Governorship election draws near.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu told newsmen in Abuja that the Commission was concerned that specific electoral facilities and materials could become targets of attack.

He said the building and materials that was burnt in May this year had either been completely repaired or are nearing completion and that the commission had fully replaced the materials destroyed.

This rapid recovery according to the INEC Chairman, was only made possible because Anambra was an off-season election.

Professor Mahmoud Yakubu also explained that the Commission was also concerned about the safety of voters and INEC officials, adhoc staff, including security officials who had also become the targets of these attacks.

Professor Yakubu said the commission would continue to work with the security agencies and in consultation with respected opinion leaders in Anambra State and the National Peace Committee to ensure that these hit-and-run attacks do not derail the electoral process.

He assured the people of Anambra State that the Commission was determined to proceed with the election as scheduled.

The INEC boss said in the next few days the register of voters would be presented to political parties in Awka and on the same day, the Commission would publish the final list of candidates for the election.

In a remark, the National Security Adviser, Rtd Major General Mohammed Munguno said they would collaborate with all security agencies to guarantee the safety of all persons involved in the election from the voters, election officials, observers, media organizations and the security of election materials.

Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo, Edited by Adeniyi Bakare