INEC ‘ll conduct voting in new PUs in Anambra – Okoye

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will commence of elections in the newly created Polling Units  (PUs) with the Nov. 6 election in Anambra.Mr Festus Okoye,  National Commissioner and Chairman,  Information, Voter Education and Publicity of INEC  disclosed this during an “Implementation Meeting on Voter Enlightenment and Publicity” for  the 2021 Anambra election on Tuesday in Awka. “

As some of you are aware, the new polling units created by the commission will come into force during the  Anambra election,” he said.Okoye said the commission was deeply saddened when the premises of its Anambra  head office was set ablaze by unidentified hoodlums  not too long ago, destroying buildings, equipment and utility vehicles.“

We have substantially recovered from the inferno as the commission not permitted to wallow in self-pity in the face of a election whose timeline constitutionally circumscribed and cast in stone,”  he said.Okoye said the commission placed high premium on  deployment of technology in the of elections.“There no doubt that the deployment of technology in the delivery of over 26 bye- elections since the 2019 general elections,  remarkably reduced the impact of human interferences in the of the elections.“

The commission was able to show a clear capacity to deliver credible election,  ensuring  especially that results from  polling units are  not tampered with and that they reflect the will of the voters,” he said.He  said INEC  would deploy additional and materials to Anambra in the next few weeks to accelerate the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise.

According to him, political parties will commence campaigns on Aug. 8 and it’s important for the  parties to bear in mind that the country still the web of a global health emergency.“Political parties and candidates are required to strictly adhere to the -19 protocols contained in the statement released by the Presidential Steering Committee on -19 on July 30.“Political campaigns or slogans shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly, that may likely injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.“Political parties are reminded that places designated for religious worship, stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions,” he said.Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, INEC  Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra said the meeting was attended by critical stakeholders in information dissemination.

Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, state Coordinator of the  National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)  assured that more than 2, 000 serving corps members  in the state were in high spirits to participate in the of the election.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was attende

d by practitioners and  INEC Local Government Area Electoral Officers among others. (NAN)