The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu on Tuesday debunked rumours making rounds that electoral materials scheduled to be used for the Anambra State governorship elections taking place on Saturday November 18, 2017, saying it is untrue.
Prof Yakubu disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting he had at Awka, Anambra State capital city. Present at the meeting are leaders of the various political parties in the state, candidates in the election, national and international observers, religious and traditional rulers, and members of the Nigerian security agencies.
The INEC chairman said: “I wish to assure all stakeholders that the materials are arriving Awka in strict compliance with the logistic arrangement for their delivery for elections. These materials will remain in the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) with all the security and protection accorded our national currency. The process of taking delivery of the materials from the CBN and distribution to all local governments, registration areas (wards) down to the polling units will be done openly and transparently involving the oversight of all stakeholders”.
Prof Yakubu said that INEC had successfully completed 12 out of the 14 activities for the elections on time. These activities, according to him include the political primaries which took place July 22, and September 2, 2017. The primaries, according to him is in fulfillment of Section 87 of the Electoral Act(2010) as amended. “Although it is barely four days to the election, the process started nine months ago with the release of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities on February 23, 2017. In compliance with the law, regulations, and guidelines, 14 activities were identified in a clearly articulated timetable which was widely publicized and posted on our website. The commission has been meticulously pursuing these steps in consultation with, and active involment of all stakeholders”, he said further.
He commended the political atmosphere of the state which he regarded as “so far peaceful”. This, the chairmen said is due to the resolve of the stakeholders to make the election process peaceful. “The commission appreciates the roles of all stakeholders -political parties, candidates, traditional rulers, socio-cultural associations, professional bodies, eminent leaders and above all, the people of Anambra State in maintaining the peaceful atmosphere in the course of electioneering campaign and the appeal for peace throughout the state as we apprach election day and beyond”.
He said that the commission is aware of threats to the conduct of a peaceful elections and that it has reported such threats to the police. “We have drawn the attention of the security agencies to the threats and the Inspector General of Police has informed us of the measures they have taken to ensure peaceful elections”, Prof Yakubu concluded.