The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, September 14, said it has registered no fewer than two million voters for the November 18, governorship election in Anambra state.
The commission said the comprehensive register would be printed within the next three weeks.
The state resident electoral commissioner, Nwachukwu Orji, speaking during a meeting with electoral officers and members of the civil society organizations in Awka, Anambra state capital said the register would be published in three installments across all local government areas in the state.
Orji said there would be massive deployment of security oepratives in Anambra.
He added that out of 21,000 security personnel needed for the election, about 2,000 were already on ground.
He further noted that the commission would seek approval from the national headquarters to source for ad-hoc staff from tertiary institutions in and around Anambra to complement about 7,000 to be provided by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“We discovered that contrary to election principles, many staff of INEC have stayed too long in their duty posts.
We also discovered that even when INEC transferred people out of Anambra, they found their way back and we have ensured that those who were due for transfer should go. We have also changed all the Electoral Officers in the 21 local government areas as part of measures to ensure free and fair poll,” Orji said.
Also speaking, the executive director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) Clement Nwankwo said Nigeria is expecting an exceptional poll in Anambra ome November 18.
“Every eye is on this election because its success will give an idea of what will happen in 2019. As election umpires and observers, we should be bold to do the right thing. South East has a low standard of election compliance and the last election in Anambra State was far below the standard,” Nwankwo said.
It was earlier reported that a former governor of Anambra state Peter Obi said he would do all it takes to unseat the successor Willie Obiano.
Obi vowed to unseat the successor with the last drop of his blood.
The former governor accused Obaino of squandering the state’s resources while stating his resolve to aggressively fight against him in the upcoming gubernatorial election.