INEC Is Determined To Proceed With Anambra Gov Election As Scheduled-Mahmood Yakubu

LAGOS OCTOBER 25TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mamood Yakubu has affirmed that his Commission is determined to proceed with the Anambra State Governorship election as scheduled.

Yakubu who gave the assurance  at a special meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Securities  (ICCES)  on the Anambra  Governlrship Election held at INEC Conference room, Abuja  on Monday  said the  security agencies have assured him of  safety and protection of voters, personnel, accredited observers, the media and materials which are cardinal considerations in any election.

“We have been assured by the security agencies of a secure environment for the election. I am sure the CP Anambra State in his briefing, will provide more details regarding preparations on the ground.

“ I wish to place on record the continued support of security agencies to the Commission during elections. Particularly noteworthy is the high level of professional conduct of the agencies in the last two major elections in Edo and Ondo States. Indeed, Edo and Ondo have become the standard for securing elections in Nigeria. The professionalism and neutrality exhibited by the security agencies in the two elections have been widely praised nationally and internationally. We are confident that this will be replicated in Anambra State.

 ”I wish to register the profound gratitude of the Commission for the support we have received from religious, traditional and community leaders for peaceful elections. The Commission is also working with the National Peace Committee under the leadership of our respected 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 stated.

He disclosed that the deployment of non-sensitive materials and training of personnel for the  Anambra State Governorship election have virtually been concluded with the successful accomplishment of  12 out of the 14 activities listed in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election released in January this year.

According to him, “ the two outstanding activities are the last day of campaign, at midnight on Thursday 4th November 2021 and Election Day which remains Saturday 6th November 2021. The REC for Anambra State is here to fully provide an update on the implementation of other activities and INEC’s general state of readiness for the election.

“We appreciate this wide-ranging support and I wish to reassure the registered voters in Anambra State that the choice of the next Governor lies in their hands. I urge all and sundry to play their part in ensuring a free, fair, credible and peaceful Governorship election in Anambra State,” he appealed.

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