Friday, January 21

Build on lessons of Anambra poll for improved 2023 election – UK urges FG

By: Awesome Ekene

Government of United Kingdom has called on the Federal Government to improve on the 2023 general election through the lessons learnt from the just concluded governorship poll in Anambra State.

Head of Political, British High Commission, Aneesah Islam gave the advice in Awka at a review meeting on peace, security, peaceful election and service delivery project by Justice Development and Peace Caritas, JDPC, Onitsha with support from Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, FCDO.

She said drawing lessons from the numerous successes recorded during the poll would guarantee better, free, fair credible and more peaceful 2023 election than what was recorded in Anambra State.

She praised the people of the state and other stakeholders who contributed to the peaceful poll, but advised the Federal Government not to disregard the prevalent agitations in the Southeast to avert further escalation.

“Before the election, there were tensions everywhere. But the election came and was conducted peacefully. If peace is threatened, there would not have been any election.

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“So the Federal government should resolve all agitations and ensure there is peace before the 2023 election,” she added.

Also speaking, FCDO, Regional Coordinator Southern Nigeria, Dr Ulachi Roonie, underscored the need to return peace, normal business activities in Southeast following the ongoing Monday weekly sit-at-home.

He said the upheaval should not be seen as only affecting the Southeast and therefore should not be ignored.

On their parts, JDPC Coordinator for Onitsha, Mr. Alponsus Nwoye and his Monitoring and Evaluation, M&E, counterpart, Princess Cynthia Arinze-Enweonwu, urged political parties to commence training and voter education for their followers so as to improve their service delivery.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room and the Social and Integral Development Center, SIDEC lamented low turn out of voters witnessed during any Anambra election since 2010.

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