By Joy Mbachi
#TrackNigeria: Mrs Rita Maduagwu, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly has called on stakeholders in in the state to play their parts to ensure a hitch-free electoral process and peaceful general elections.
Maduagwu made the call in an interview on Wednesday in Awka.
She said the forthcoming general elections must have the input of the stakeholders to make the exercise credible, free and fair, as a proof that the nations’ democracy had come to stay.
The speaker noted that efforts were on by the three tiers of government to ensure that agencies responsible for the conduct of the general elections were prepared so that in order not upturn democracy.
“Actors in the electoral process; ranging from the security personnel, politicians, stakeholders, electorate to other stakeholder play their parts for a hitch-free electoral process.
“I call on eligible voters who have not collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to collect theirs before the Friday, Feb. 8 deadline, to enable them vote in the general elections.
“For elections to be credible, all players must take active part. I appeal to the electorate to come out enmasse during the election to perform their civic responsibility,’’ she said.
The speaker called on all politicians to engage on issue-based campaign and free their minds from fomenting crisis inthe interst of peace and development of the country.
Maduagwu, who urged parents to guide the conduct of their children during elections,warned youths to shun indulging in electoral malpractices, stressing that “the wrath of the law awaits any offender.“
She said that political parties and their candidates should operate in accordance with the electoral laws and avoid heating the polity for the development and growth of the nation. (NAN)