The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reminded its staff conducting the Anambra governorship election that all eyes were on them. INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in a statement told the staff to ensure that every single vote counted.
“You must remain true to our commitment that only the voters in Anambra State determine who becomes the next governor of the state. “In doing so, you must be guided by the extant laws, our guidelines/regulations and good conscience. “Youshouldremainvigilant, principledandcommittedtothe vision and mission of the commission,” Prof. Yakubu stated. He noted the challenges INEC faced in the build up to the election, including attacks on its facilities, but added that its determination to ensure that the election holds as scheduled was unshaken. The Chairman disclosed that the damaged facilities were rebuilt while movable facilities were replaced. “We also sought and obtained the support of the security agencies, political parties and candidates and all other stakeholders for a successful exercise,” he said.
The Chairman further told thestaffthatNigeriansexpectthe Anambra governorship election to be an improvement on the high standards achieved by the commission in recent elections. “That is why we introduced the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for fingerprint and facial biometric authentication of voters. “We have trained staff on the new technology. We have also delivered all sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the election on schedule, deployed election duty staff and made logistics arrangements to move personnel and materials to thousands of locations in Anambra State where voting and collation of results will take place,” he added.