The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started distributing non-sensitive materials and deploying officials to local government areas ahead of the 2023 general elections in Anambra.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Agwu, announced this at a stakeholders meeting, on Wednesday in Awka.
The NewsZenith reports that traditional rulers, community leaders, politicians, National Orientation Agency and youth organisations attended the meeting.
Agwu said that the Commission “is talking with the leadership of road transport workers and transport owners in the state.
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According to her, the arrangement is towards ensuring smooth movement of election officials and materials to avoid logistic challenges.
“We called on Anambra State Ministry of Transport to set up measures to prosecute any driver, transportation companies or transport unions that fail to deliver or attempt to frustrate the logistic plans.
“We also call on community leaders and traditional institutions to ensure the protection of lives and property.
“When security is assured, it will instil public confidence and bring about high voter turnout in the state,” REC said.
She also announced the relocation of some collation centres and registration area centres in Ihiala, Nnewi South, Onitsha North, Orumba North, Awka North and Awka South.
According to her, the relocation is due to insecurity, poor structures and bad terrain for the conduct of credible elections.
Contributing, the stakeholders pledged to support INEC in making the elections fair, free and successful in the state.
Igwe Chidi Stephen, Obi of Uga in Aguata, said his cabinet members have been sensitising the community to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
“In my community, Churches and market leaders are also carrying out the sensitisation campaign on the collection of PVCs.
“We promise to put adequate measures in place to safeguard INEC materials in our community,” Stephen said.
Okechukwu Oforkansi, National Vice-President of Association of Town Unions said the union had begun voter education and PVC collection.
He urged community leaders to secure election materials in their communities.
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