Anambra election: INEC to unveil final list of candidates next week

•As police tell parties to submit rallies schedule

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will release the final list of nominated candidates for the Anambra State governorship election next week. 

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee made the disclosure on Tuesday in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja. 

Okoye disclosed that the official register of voters for the November 6 election will also be unveiled along with the Permanent Voter’s Card of newly registered voters will equally be available from next week. 

The statement further assured Nigerians that the Commission is determined to conduct a good election in Anambra State. 

The statement read in part, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today September 28, 2021 and reviewed its preparations for the conduct of the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 6, 2021. 

“The commission noted that appreciable progress has been made in fixing the facilities of the commission destroyed during May 23, 2021 attack on our offices. The burnt stores have been rebuilt and ready to receive materials, while the repairs of the collation centre and other affected facilities are almost completed. 

“The display of the preliminary register, arising from the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has been done and it is being cleaned up. 

In line with the timetable and schedule of activities, the commission will publish the official Register of Voters and the final list of nominated candidates for the election on October 7, 2021. “The Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) of the new registrants will be ready for collection on or shortly after October 7. 

“Registrants will be notified accordingly through their respective email addresses and telephone numbers when their PVCs are ready for collection. 

“The last day for submission of names of polling agents for the election to the Electoral Officer of the local government areas by political parties is October 21, while political campaigns will end on November 4. 

“The commission is determined to conduct a good election in Anambra State. We enjoin all critical stakeholders to continue to display decorum and conduct their activities in the best traditions of liberal democracy.” 

Meanwhile, Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Tony Olofu has ordered political parties participating in the forthcoming November 6, 2021 governorship election in the state, to submit their schedules of rallies to the command, to curb further invasion of political gatherings by hoodlums. Olofu made the call against the backdrop of the recent attacks on supporters of some political parties in the state, which led to the loss of four lives. 

In a press release by the police’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the commissioner said the schedules will help the police to ensure security in all rally venues. 

He said, “The CP reiterated his earlier request for political parties to forward schedules of their political activities to the command as they commence political campaigns within the state. 

“The CP alluded to the fact that campaigns are a critical part of the electioneering process. This therefore will enable the police high command to provide adequate security for the safety of participants at such events.” 

He added that this would help the command to deploy other tactical and operational units as well as traffic control policemen to strategic points to ensure that the existing public safety and order in the state was sustained. 

“The teams are expected to carry out security patrols, surveillance, traffic control and patrols in conjunction with sister security agents. This will definitely prevent hoodlums from launching at- tacks on unsuspecting party faithful and properly secure such events. 

“The CP, however, admonished such officers that would be deployed for this assignment to display a high level of professionalism and operate within the context of the law. 

“He also called on members of the public to coordinate themselves and cooperate with the police and other security agents in the course of discharging their constitutional responsibilities,” the statement read.

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