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Anambra polls, a test of Nigeria’s democracy, says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that the November 6, 2021, governorship election in Anambra State will test the resilience of the nation’s democracy and democratic institutions.

INEC’s Supervising National Commissioner, Barrister Festus Okoye, stated this on Wednesday at stakeholders meeting convened by the National Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre.

He said that despite the difficulties and challenges, the INEC has done everything to mobilise resources for the election.

He said, “The Commission conducted the Edo and Ondo governorship elections under very difficult circumstances, at a time of global uncertainty and fear caused by a pandemic whose unique nuances were still evolving. The Commission conducted elections at a time when advanced countries rescheduled, postponed or abandoned their elections on account of the pandemic.

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“The Anambra governorship election has its own unique features and characteristics. It is being conducted in difficult circumstances. The election will further test the resilience of our democracy and democratic institutions. It will test our determination and resolve to conduct elections in difficult circumstances.

“The fact must be acknowledged that the ongoing agitations in different parts of the country including Anambra State are not new to deeply divided societies like Nigeria challenged by contestations around nationhood and citizenship.

“In these agitations, democracy still offers the best opportunity for addressing them in a peaceful manner and that’s why it is in the interest of Nigeria and those genuinely interested in a stronger Nigeria and the progress of the country’s electoral democracy to create enabling environment for peaceful election on Saturday November 6, 2021.”

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In his speech, the National Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said that voters who failed smart card accreditation would not be allowed to vote.

He disclosed that the Commission has enough technical staff to attend to problems that could crop up during the conduct of the election.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner REC, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, had earlier confirmed that all the participating candidates and leaders of their respective political parties were invited to the meeting but only a few turned up.

“We invited all the stakeholders to this meeting. We invited all the political parties and their candidates to this meeting, but most of them are not here now,” he said.

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Hon Amaka Ugwueze kicks off the fight against illicit drugs in Enugu State in her annual christmas event

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Sensitisation of isi-uzo youths against illicit drug use (mkpuru mmiri), empowerment of indigent widows across isi-uzo local government as well as Christmas celebrations for the entire stakeholders and all the wards of isi-uzo Constituency

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Hon Amaka Ugwueze Release New Pictures

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Hon Amaka Ugwueze is set to Christmas with the empowerment of 500 indigent widows in her Constituency Isi-Uzo Local Government area in Enugu State in collaboration with her foundation ( Hon Chijioke Ugwueze Memorial Foundation) and sensitization/training of over 500 youth against illicit drug abuse (mkpuru mmiri) in her Constituency on the 26th December

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Anambra election: NSCDC boss reads riot act to personnel on election duty

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The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has charged the personnel on election duty on the use of minimum force and utmost professional conduct during the exercise.

The CG made it clear to the Corps personnel deployed for election duty in Anambra state that the rules of engagement must be strictly adhered to and all must observe the highest level of professionalism, civility, decorum and respect for the rights of all voters coming out to exercise their franchise in order to elect the next governor for the state.

CG Audi who stated this when he paid a situational assessment visit to Anambra State ahead of the Saturday, November 6, governorship election, expressed confidence in the preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all stakeholders involved in the electioneering process.

He reassured that the election will hold peacefully and successfully without rancour or acrimony as the Corps is working in synergy and collaboration with other sister agencies to forestall any form of attack on voters, security agencies, sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, INEC permanent and ad-hoc staff and all other apparatuses deployed to ensure a hitch-free election.

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In a statement issued by DCC Olusola Odumosu, Director, Public Relations, NSCDC NHQ, Abuja, “Dr Audi warned personnel to be civil in their approach and avoid excessive use of force, molestation, intimidation or harassment of voters during the election”.

He reiterated that the Corps has a duty to protect the lives and property of all citizens of the state irrespective of their political affinity, emphasizing that NSCDC is apolitical in nature, civil in orientation but very dogged in its operations.

He appealed to all citizens of the state to embrace peace and eschew violence or anything that is capable of jeopardizing the democratic process as an election is not war, hence, the need to avoid unnecessary casualties.

CG Audi further urged the people of the state to be law-abiding and go about their legitimate businesses without any fear of violent or deadly attacks as measures have been put in place ahead of the process to guarantee a well-secured environment and arrest any breach of peace or vandalism of critical national assets and infrastructure of government before, during and after the election.

He reiterated that the Corps will be deploying 20,000 personnel drawn from Anambra state and other neighbouring state commands to all nooks and crannies of the state for overt and covert operations, warning the arms-bearing personnel that “accidental discharge is not contained in the Corps’ Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), as such, no one should be found wanting in this regard because human life is very sacrosanct and any personnel that takes the law into his hands by either killing or maiming anyone unjustly will be seriously dealt with”.

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He congratulated the personnel on behalf of the Minister of Interior for the anticipated good conduct in the task ahead and assured them that their welfare and safety is uppermost in his mind and being given the best of attention under his leadership to motivate and encourage them to shun all vices of corruption and compromise which is capable of tarnishing the hard-earned reputation and integrity of the Corps.

“What is due to Ceaser must be given to Ceaser and the era of monkey dey work, baboon dey chop is over under my administration”, the CG said.

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