Ahead of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deployed non-sensitive materials to all the 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state.
INEC’s Head of Voter Education in the state, Barr Owette Emmanuel, disclosed this yesterday during a training exercise organized by an observer group, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) for its Watching The Vote (WTV) team and trainers in preparation for the election.
Owete said all political parties contesting the Anambra Governorship polls had been publicly presented with the document containing all the registered voters in the state, and enough transparency had been shown by the commission for the election.
He reiterated the commission’s readiness for the elections, stressing that INEC had simplified the election process by creating Registration Area Centre (RACS) in various wards which were not far from Polling Units.
This according to him, will eliminate the late arrival of election personnel and materials to the polling Units.
During the training, he said that INEC was putting finishing touches to its preparation for the November 18 polls with several voter education programs across communities, using various medium of communication like Radio jingles.
“Enough sensitization has been done on how to vote right. If Voters vote rightly, rejected votes will not be much” he said.
He added that Persons With Disability (PWDs) will be given special consideration to prevent them from going through the rigours of queuing for accreditation and voting.
He also emphasized the security of voters, assuring that adequate security personnel will be deployed while urging citizens to stay out of trouble.
YIAGA project manager had said that its Watching-The-Vote project had recruited 500 polling unit observers who will be trained to observe the November 18 elections, while also deploying 27 mobile observers across all the 21 local Government Areas in the state to supervise stationary polling units observers and report critical incident.
It said, the WTV Anambra Data Centre will be opened on 13th, November, 2017 at Finotel Classique Hotel, Agwu-Awka where journalists, election stakeholders and the general public can all have access to information received from observers in the field.