- Security agencies in Anambra have said they have taken precautions to avoid disturbances during the coming elections
- The state is preparing for the November 18 governorship election as the IPOB group says it will not hold
- It has been announced that there would be restriction of movement for unauthorised persons on the election day
In Anambra state, the heads of security formations have assured people that they are ready to provide adequate security, before, during and after the November 18 governorship election.
Garba Umar who is the commissioner of police and chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security in the state said this.
While speaking at the end of the committee’s meeting on Tuesday, October 10 in Awka, Umar told newsmen that the meeting was a follow-up to the one held in September.
According to NAN, he also noted that after a review of security issues, it became certain that “the coast was very clear for a peaceful conduct of the poll."
“I am glad to announce that INEC is fully prepared for the November 18 election and the security agents are also prepared even if the election is coming up today.
“We are calling on the people to come out on the Election Day to participate, there will be enough election materials, and there will be adequate security,’’ he said.
Despite the threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to disrupt the election, Umar said that there was nothing like IPOB there, and that, “even if they are spirits, security men are super ghost and will go after them because security operatives are ready."
He also announced that there would be restriction of movement for unauthorised persons on the election day, but that there was no cause for alarm.
The INEC resident electoral commission in the state, Nwachukwu Orji, said the commission had addressed issues of recruitment, deployment and others for the poll.
He also said all that was necessary “.......supposed to receive at this level have been received, and within the next one week, INEC will take possession of all the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
“We are using this opportunity to call on the public to go to the nearest INEC office where they registered to collect their PVCs.
“For the recently concluded voters’ registration exercise which took place from April to July, 2017, and for the ward level registration which occurred from August 10 to August 15, the cards are being prepared and we will announce date for their collection.’’
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that IPOB has insisted that forthcoming governorship polls in Anambra will not hold.
The group ordered its members and other freedom fighters in the area to stay at home on voting day November 18.
Emma Powerful, IPOB's publicity secretary, said the voting was a test case for IPOB and its allies in Biafra territory, adding that boycotting would send a statement to the international community about the seriousness of the agitation for Biafra.
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