Anambra guber: INEC gives update on governorship election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday, said it was satisfied with the current level of preparations for the November 6 Anambra State governorship election

The commission, in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye in Abuja, said that virtually all non-sensitive materials have been delivered in readiness for the election.

Okoye appealed for support from all in Anambra to ensure that the election will not only be peaceful, but also free, fair and credible.

He noted that the training of ad-hoc staff is also going on as scheduled and INEC is in touch with the National Peace Committee under the Chairmanship of former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd) for the signing of the Peace Accord in Awka on November 4

He said: “By Section 46 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Commission shall, not later than 14 days before the day of the election, cause to be published, a notice specifying the date and hours fixed for the poll; the persons entitled to vote; and the location of the polling units.

“In the same vein, today is the last day for the submission of names of Polling Agents by political parties.

“By Section 45 of the Electoral Act, each political party may by notice in writing addressed to the Electoral Officer of the Local Government, appoint a polling agent for each polling unit and collation centre.

“The notice shall set out the name and address of the polling agent, accompanied by two passport photographs of each polling agent, and sample signature of the agent at least 14 days before the date fixed for the election.”

Okoye warned political parties to adhere strictly to the law and the guidelines for the deployment of polling agents.

He disclosed that only duly accredited polling agents would be allowed to operate at the polling units and collation centres.

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