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INEC set to conduct Anambra governorship election

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says that the commission is ready for the Nov. 6 governorship election in Anambra.

He stated this at a meeting in Abuja with the Joint National Assembly Committee on INEC and Electoral Matters to engage with the commission over the forthcoming election.

Prof Yakubu said, “We have recovered from the series of attacks on our facilities and I am happy to say that we have deployed all the non-sensitive materials to all the local government areas”.

As far as INEC is concerned, we are good to go on Nov. 6”. Prof. Yakubu stated.

“We have trained the requisite number of ad-hoc staff for the election and we have also mobilized members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) for efficient distribution of materials on election day,” He said.

The INEC Chairman said there was over 81,000 valid registrants with Permanent Voter Cards in Anambra state.

“With the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in Anambra that includes a little over 5,000 that applied for replacement of cards and intra-state and inter-state transfers.

“We are batching the cards. They will leave first thing tomorrow (Thursday) morning for Awka and all the new registrants will get their cards before the elections.

“This time around, with the help of technology, we were able to harvest the telephone numbers and email addresses of the registrants.

In a remarks, Chairman of the Joint Committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya, applauded the effort of security agencies for their effort and commitment to the protection of the lives and property of Nigerians.

“The situation in Anambra is quite unfortunate especially at a time when we are approaching the gubernatorial election in the state, Elections as you are aware is a recruitment process of leadership as well as the foundation that carries the builders of change and development”. Prof.Yakubu noted.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, INEC increased the polling units in Anambra from 4,608 to 5,720, to allow a situation where polling units will be accessible to the electorate and where the safety of people is assured.

Editing by Adeniyi Bakare