Friday, January 21

Anambra election: 76,104 electorates may not vote if …YIAGA

Election observer group, Yaga Africa has lamented delay in distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to registered voters in Anambra state by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) few days to the gubernatorial election.

The group said a total of 76,104 voters who got registered during the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in the state could be disenfranchised if the reason for the delay was not addressed.

Addressing a press conference weekend in Awka, Deputy Board chairman, Mr. Eznwa Nwagwu explained that the findings followed its Watch the Vote (WTV) pre-election observation.

He listed violations of the electoral code of conduct, election violence threats and current volatility of the state ocasioned by secessionist group’s threat to shut down the region as other ugly trends to likely impact on the election.

He said, “We commend INEC on its efforts to distribute permanent voters cards from previous registration exercises.

“However, Yiaga Africa is worried that, with less than 5 days to the elections, the Commission is yet to commence distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to the 76,104 new eligible voters who recently got registered during the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in the state.

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“While there were distributions of PVCs in 16 local government areas, there was no record of distribution of PVCs in Anambra East, Aguata, Idemili North, Dunukofia and Onitsha South local government areas.

“This, if not addressed, could potentially disenfranchise eligible voters.”

Also speaking, Director Programs, Cynthia Mbamalu regretted assailants’ continued attacks on political rallies and campaigns as well as excessive use of force and intimidation by security forces on the electorate.

“There were also reports of physical attacks during political parties’ campaign rallies in Ihiala and Nnewi local government areas. Assailants attacked candidate and supporters of APGA during the party’s rally in Ihiala where one person was shot in the leg.

“Also in Anambra East and Ihiala local government areas, Yiaga Africa’s observers reported “excessive use of force and intimidation by security forces (military personnel)” on people,” she said.

While commending the electoral body on its efforts towards ensuring free, fair and credible poll, Yiaga called for more consistent and harmonious coordination within the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) to forestall violence incidences and ensure safety of voters and poll officials.
“As a matter of urgency, INEC should collaborate with Civil Society Organizations, National Orientation Agency (NOA) and other relevant stakeholders to amplify and intensify voter education and inspire confidence in voters across the state.

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“Security agencies should ensure their personnel are adequately trained on election security before they are deployed for the election while deploying monitoring mechanisms to checkmate and curtail personnel excesses.”

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