Anambra 2021: You must make polling units accessible, NASS tells service chiefs

• We are fully prepared ― INEC Chairman

Ahead of November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, the federal lawmakers have urged the service chiefs to ensure that the polling units were secured and made accessible to the electorate in the South-East.

Chairman, Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Kabiru Gaya, made the plea on Wednesday in his opening remarks during his Committee meeting with INEC and Service Chiefs.

The meeting at the instance of the lawmakers was called for the INEC Chairman and the security chiefs to give the National Assembly update on their preparations for the election.

Senator Gaya who described the scary security situation in Anambra state as most unfortunate, however, noted that the apprehensive electorate must be assured that their safety would be guaranteed for them to turn out to vote on November 6.

He said: “The situation in Anambra State is quite unfortunate especially at a time when we are approaching the gubernatorial elections in the State. “Elections as you are aware is a recruitment process of leadership as well as the foundation that carries the builders of change and development. Recently INEC increased the polling units in Anambra State from 4,608 to 5,720 this effort is to allow a situation where polling units will be accessible to the electorates; this can only be achieved when and where the safety of people is assured.

“The commitment of this administration to the sustenance of democracy can only be reinforced by practical, constructive and affirmative action by every institution of government and partners in development, I am convinced our efforts will definitely not be wasted but will bear positive fruits that will secure the future of a united Nigeria.”

INEC Chairman in his presentation before the meeting dissolved into a closed-door session informed the lawmakers that his Commission was fully prepared for the election.

Professor Yakubu said INEC has successfully completed twelve, out of the fourteen activities listed in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.

He further revealed that arrangement has been concluded to ensure that those who registered newly as prospective voters during the INEC Continuous Voter’s Registration get their Permanent Voter’s Card before the election.

He said: “We are ready for the election. We have successfully conducted twelve out of the fourteen programmes in our schedule of activities.

“We are good to go on the 6 November for the election.

“All the new registrants will get their PVCs before the election. It will be delivered in Awka, tomorrow for the new registrants.

“Those who have no telephone, they can pick at their wards because we will make announcements on radio.”

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