The Honorable Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Prof Manhood Yakubu, said it will firm up specific measures necessary to further guarantee the safety of all persons involved in the election, from the voters, election officials, observers, media Organizations and the security of election materials in Anambra State.
The commission is also assuring the people of the state that they are determined to proceed with the elections as scheduled.
“We have implemented two more activities on the timetable for the election in the next few days.
The voters register will be presented to political parties on the 7th of October 2021 and on the same day we will publish final list of candidates for the election.”
He added that the recent escalating threats to the election has led to the emergency meeting by the commission to work with the security agencies and in consultation with respected opinions leaders in Anambra State.
“We appreciate the enormous challenges that the security agencies are presently facing in Anambra State, which entails not only securing electoral process but also enforcing law and order generally.
Although this is worrisome, because they have become prime targets of this mindless attacks”.
The Honorable Chairman further recalled that during the last quarterly briefing held four weeks ago, a briefing on the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship election was received, and the major concern raised by members was on security of the state and the adjoining states in general .
“We were thinking about the election preparation and possible conduct of the election. Now the situation is even deteriorating and even innocent lives have been lost and properties as well. From the report gathered the goal of many of the attackers is that the Governorship election scheduled for 6th of November 2021 must not hold”.
The NSA although absent, stated that the ONSA is working assiduously with relevant security and intelligence agencies towards arresting the foregoing ugly trend and other associated security challenges in the South East zoneand beyond.
“We increased collaboration between the Federal and South-East Governors towards addressing the underlying socioeconomic drivers of insecurity in the region.”
He further called on all peace loving Nigerians to join hands with constituted authority to promote peace and development across the region and beyond.