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Published On: Tue, Nov 13th, 2018

INEC reiterates commitment to free, fair election

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has reiterated it determination to conduct free and fair election in 2019.
National Commissioner of INEC in charge of Benue, Anambra and Enugu States Barr. Festus Okoye who said this at the weekend during an interaction with the media and Civil society Organizations in Makurdi, maintained that proper arrangements have been made to ensure a credible election including the use of smartcard.
He therefore, called on community leaders to caution their youths against disrupting the elections, warning that failure to do, elections will not hold in such community
“Stakeholders need to play their part properly, including security agencies, the political class, the media among others, to ensure that the 2019 general elections were successful.
The Federal Commissioner intimated that the commission has also, set up a special committee to come out with legal, registration and voting frameworks for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs across Nigeria including Benue State that would guarantee their participation and protection in the 2019 general elections.
He stated that INEC is interested in ensuring that all those who have been displaced from their original homes as a result of one crisis or the others including flooding are not disenfranchised but given the opportunity to vote candidates of their choice during the forthcoming general in 2019.
He further, disclosed that the commission had entered into partnership with the National Emergency Agency and State Emergency Agency across various states of the country to collect data of IDPs who are in various camps to ensure that none of them is left out or fall into the hands of desperate politicians and their agent do entice them with money and possess their PVCs.
He however, lamented that the collection of PVCs have been very poor throughout Nigeria and urged the media to help the commission in the dissemination of information in this regard, adding that government spent so much to produce the PVCs.
In his remark, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of Benue State, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, disclosed that the commission is displaying voters register for claims and objection which will last for seven days.
He revealed over 640 PVC have been recovered from Ushongo local government area of the State during their grassroot sensitization program.
On the display of Governorship list, Dr. Yilwatda stated that there is no exact list of Governorship and senatorial candidates until the window for substitution of candidates closes on December 2nd, 2018.

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