The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday told security agencies to maintain the same level of professionalism during the governorship election in Anambra State for the 2023 general polls.
The chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the charge during the commission’s meeting with Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security which held in Abuja.
Yakubu said, “On behalf of INEC, let me seize this opportunity to commend the professionalism of the security agencies without which the peaceful conduct of the election would not have been possible.
“I am confident that the standard of professional conduct displayed by INEC officials and the security agencies in the Edo, Ondo and Anambra governorship elections will be maintained in all forthcoming polls, including the 2023 general election.
“Our responsibility is to protect the process to guarantee its integrity while leaving the outcome of the election for voters to determine.”
“Securing the nation under current circumstances is challenging enough. It is more so in an election year. Beginning from this meeting, we shall focus mainly on the best way to secure the electoral process in the most professional manner,”
Speaking on the Continuous Voter Registration exercise, Yakubu said the commission was aware of the constraints experienced by many citizens in reaching the 811 designated centers nationwide to register
He added that some of the centers are separated by considerable distance from the places where citizens reside.
Yakubu said the process of activating the additional 1,862 centers nationwide to make it easier for citizens to exercise their right to register as voters is in motion.
“At the same time, we are mindful of the imperative of securing the process, especially the lives of registrants and our personnel. We will not put the lives of Nigerians and our registration officials at risk. For this reason, this meeting will review the security situation with a view to achieving our ultimate goal of activating 2,673 registration centers nationwide.“