Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Anambra 2017: INEC warns parties against filing multiple candidates, Fixes August 10 to 15 for ward CVR

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned political parties in Anambra State to desists from filing multiple candidates on November 18, 2017 gubernatorial poll.

The Commission, which decried that politicians were fond of presenting too many candidates at every election, also asked party leaders to ensure completion of their various governorship primaries election prior to September 2nd, 2017 deadline, as well as conclude post primary election matters connected with court to avoid given them headache.  

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, who disclosed this at a stakeholders forum meeting held in Awka on Tuesday, added that the Commission has slated August 10 to 15 as date for continuous voters registration and revalidation exercise across 326 electoral wards in Anambra State.

According to Orji, “The exercise is targeted at ensuring that all eligible voters in the state were opportune to exercise their franchise on Anambra November 18 gubernatorial poll. After data consolidation, running of AFIS, and merging of the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) data with the existing number of registered voters in Anambra state, we discovered that a total number of 2, 042,548 were registered as at August 8, 2017.

“This is why the Commission approved devolution of voters registration exercise at the ward level. It is a unique exercise since CVR in Anambra like in other states of the federation took place at the Local Government level. Therefore, from Thursday, 10 August to Tuesday, 15 August 2017, INEC registration officials would be at designated centres across the 326 wards in Anambra for the important exercise,” he added.

The REC further charged churches, political parties, community leaders, traditional rulers, local and state government officials, politicians and others to help sensitise and mobilise their members to actively participate on the exercise as the Commission would also use the medium to issue Permanent Voters Card (PVC), revalidation, replacement of old voters or lost voters card, transfer of voters card and display of INEC registers at each polling unit.

“It is a golden opportunity for all those who have not registered before to get registered. The exercise should not be misunderstood as a fresh registration because it is an offence to register more than once. During this period, people can transfer their registration from former place of registration to new ones. Those who have lost their PVC can come forward for issuance of replacement. Defaced PVC can as well be brought forward for replacement.

“It is important to let you know that after the 10th to 15th August ward level registration exercise, there will not be any more opportunity to register qualified voters in Anambra State until after the governorship election. I want to also inform political parties yet to conclude their primaries to do so before the 2nd September 2017 deadline,” he noted, assuring that every machinery, manpower and security have been put in place to ensure hitch free exercise.

Contributing, leaders of the various political parties present at the occasion and other interesting groups like Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Anambra State chapter, Civil Societies, observers, charged INEC to adequately provide for its workers and ad-hoc workers welfare to shield them from been manipulated or induced by patrician politician during the 2017 gubernatorial poll.   



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