INEC canvases Monarchs, PGs, others support for credible poll in Anambra 1

INEC canvases Monarchs, PGs, others support for credible poll in Anambra

The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra state has called for cooperation from the traditional rulers and President Generals in the state to ensure that they work towards successful conduct of the 2023 general election in the state.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting at the INEC state office, Awka yesterday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Mrs Queen E, Agwu, reminded the Monarchs and PGs that they are the custodians of authority and should sensitise electorates to go out and collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and keep it safely for the election.

She charged stakeholders to put in place adequate security measures to check incedence of hoodlums attacks on INEC materials, terrorizing and threatening people not to come out during the forth coming election.

She further urged the electorates to go and collect their PVCs from collection centres across the council areas, adding that INEC has since commenced issuing out the cards to those who participated during registration of voters exercise.

The state REC warned that Anambra state must be well represented, lamenting that most people don’t participate in elections, but rather stay in their homes watching television, playing drafts, selling articles in their shops, while youths are busy play football.

“I urge the traditional rulers, PGs and town union executives to sensitise electorates to go and collect their PVCs which is the only weapon to use and participate in the general elections next year. 

“People in your commities should be encouraged to participate adequately in the election. Do they have their PVCs. The PVC is very important and could be used for birth registration, business registration, bank ID etc.

“They should caution their children, wards and suspected hoodlums in their communities not to disturb the election process, …if not checked, it will be disastrous for Anambra state. They stand to loose and have no representations not only at presidential level, but also at national and state assemblies.

“Now is the time to prepare, ensure we educate our people to go and collect their PVCs. The PVCs are now ready for collection at the LG area offices…we have PVCs for 2019 2020 and 20220 waiting to be collected by electorates”, adding that this meeting is timely aimed at sensitising people on the forth coming elections and collection of their PVCs from collection centres.

Traditional ruler of Umuleri, Igwe Bennett Chukwuemeka said he has employed several methods including sending out town crriers, Whatsapp platform and village meetings to sensitise people in his community, as well as advising them to keep the cards safely.

He also assured that adequate security measures have been put in place like improving working materials for our local security operatives, and collaborating with INEC staff deployed in our communities 

Also speaking, PG of Olumbanash community, Hon Uzor Paul, said they have been sensitising people, just as he appeal for extension for PVCs collection to enable local farmers to meet up because of the vast area.

“Olumbanasa has seven  communities only one ward. They are mainly farmers and the LG headquarter is far from the town, it costs as much as N2,000 a trip to the council office. If there is extension of time, our people will surely come out to pick their PVCs”, he said 

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