We’ll conduct elections in Anambra despite insecurity – INEC
The Anambra State Resident Electoral Commission, Dr. Queen Agwu, has stated that elections will be held in all 5,720 polling units in the state’s 21 local government areas despite the state’s insecurity.
Agwu also stated that only 5,000 people out of 2.5 million who were registered to vote did not pick up their permanent voter cards.
She made these remarks during a press conference on Friday and added that sensitive and non-sensitive materials have been delivered to all 21 local government areas with the exception of six polling units with zero registration.
She also asserted that security will not be an issue during the state’s general elections in 2023, assuring that the commission is prepared.
According to her, sufficient security personnel have been deployed and are ready for action in all local governments.
She stated, “Despite insecurity, elections will be held in all local government areas of Anambra State.
“We have staffed all polling locations in the state. We have a large number of security personnel in the state and are conducting elections in every polling location.
“We do not wish to disenfranchise any state residents. The commission has fully deployed election materials in each of the state’s twenty-one local government councils and is prepared for the peaceful conduct of elections.
“The Federal Government has deployed sufficient security personnel to ensure a peaceful and free election, the commission will conduct free and fair elections in accordance with INEC directives, and we urge the people to vote, go home, and allow us to announce the outcome.
She urged Ndi Anambra to vote for their preferred candidate en masse, as every vote in the state will count.
“Do not stay at home and claim that your vote will not be counted; I assure you that every vote in the state will be counted, so please vote.”
“The security personnel have made adequate security provisions for corps members and ad hoc staff, so there is no need for alarm,” she added.
She went on to say that the level of insecurity in the state is being exaggerated because what the social media are reporting is not true.
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