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INEC affirms readiness for Anambra governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC says it is ready for the conduct of the governorship election in Anambra State on the 6th of next month

INEC Chairman Professor Mahmoud Yakubu stated this in Abuja, at a special Meeting of the Inter- Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).

As part of the preparation, Professor Yakubu said the commission had concluded deployment of non-sensitive materials and training of personnel for the election.

The Commission according to the INEC boss had also accomplished 12 out of the 14 activities listed in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election released in January this year.

He said the remaining two activities were the last day of campaign, at midnight on Thursday 4th of next month and Election proper.

Professor Yakubu explained that the Resident Electoral Commissioner  for Anambra State  Dr Nkwachukwu Orji and the Commissioner of Police in the State, Echeng Echeng were at the meeting to  fully provide an update on the implementation of other activities.

Professor Yakubu noted that security agencies had assured the commission of a secured environment as the safety and protection of voters, INEC personnel, accredited observers, the media and materials were cardinal considerations in any election.

He also expressed gratitude for the support the commission had received from religious, traditional and community leaders for peaceful elections.

He noted that the Commission was also working with the National Peace Committee under the leadership of   former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar GCFR, to bring all political parties and candidates for the Anambra State Governorship election to commit to peace before, during and after the elections.

He called on all and sundry to play their part in ensuring a free, fair, credible and peaceful Governorship election in Anambra State.

In a remark, the National Security Adviser, Rtd Major General Babagana Monguno said security personnel that would be deployed for the election had been urged to be professional in carrying out their duties.

He also warned those who might want to foment trouble to desist from it as the personnel would deal decisively with them.

Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo, editing by Daniel Adejo.