Aba North/South By-election: INEC enjoins stakeholders to shun violence 

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has enjoined all voters and stakeholders in the Aba North/South Federal Constituency bye-election in Abia State, scheduled to hold on 27th March 2021 to shun violence and other acts capable of creating fear, anxiety and apprehension in the electoral environment.

The Commission stated this in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye in Abuja.

“Violent and unwholesome acts undermine the sovereign rights of the people to clean elections and deprives the constituency of quality representation.

“The Commission is committed to the safety and welfare of its election duty staff and the voters and will strengthen its collaboration with the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security in this regard,” the Commission said.

INEC said it has firmed up its preparations for the election with a total of 498,390 registered voters expected to cast their ballots at 609 polling units spread across 24 Registration Areas (RAS) in the two Local Government Areas of the Constituency.

“The Commission will deploy over 2,970 officials for the election. 

“All the non-sensitive materials required for the conduct of the election at the two Local Government Areas of the Constituency have been delivered and batched according to the Registration Areas. 

“All the ad-hoc staff required for the conduct of the election have been trained and awaiting deployment. All the sensitive materials have been delivered to the Central Bank in Umuahia, Abia State and will be inspected on Thursday, March 25, 2021, and dispatched to the two Local Government Area offices of the Commission.” INEC said.

The Commission called on all the registered voters in the Constituency to come out en masse to exercise their franchise as representation is at the heart of democracy and huge voter turnout enforces and reinforces the mandate given to elected representatives.

 

Zainab Sa’id

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