The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Tuesday, appealed to traditional rulers, presidents-general of 181 communities and other stakeholders in Anambra State to assist in securing their offices, staff and electoral materials during the 2023 general elections.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Anambra state, Dr. Queen Elizabeth Agwu, made the appeal in Awka during a brainstorming meeting with community leaders and other stakeholders from Anambra Central Senatorial districts.
According to Agwu, security issue is localised and no community will claim not to be knowledgeable of their natives who are criminal elements.
“As community leaders, the INEC consider you as critical stakeholders. We trust that you can help provide adequate security to our facilities especially during elections. We are charging you to make adequate security arrangements that will guarantee smooth conduct of the 2023 general elections at your communities,” she pleaded.
She also appealed to community leaders to sensitise their people who participated on the recently concluded Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) to collect their Permanent Voters’Cards (PVC) across the 21 Council Areas, noting that additional 283,431 PVCs had been deployed to the State for distributions, besides the earlier 132,626 PVCs already shifted to 21 Local Governments Areas (LGAs) for collections.
The REC, however, warned that the commission would surely prosecute whoever would be caught buying or selling PVCs, because “PVCs are highly valued and that is why they are buying them from their owners to disenfranchise those people they purchased their PVCs. So, don’t sell your PVCs; guard them jealousy.”
In their various contributions, the traditional ruler of Okpuno community, Awka-South Local Government Area, Igwe Simeon Okafor, and the president-general of Ebenebe, Hon. Paul Nnatuanya, assured the commission that they would do all humanly possible to assist the commission deliver on their mandate come 2023.
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