By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that the burnt stores and some of its facilities destroyed by hoodlums in Anambra state have been fixed just as the Commission said the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) will be ready for collection from October 7, 2021.
These were contained in a press statement signed by Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, which was made available to journalists on Tuesday.
The statement titled “Update on Preparations for Anambra Governorship Election” read in parts:
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today 28th September 2021 and reviewed its preparations for the conduct of the Anambra governorship election scheduled for 6th November 2021.
The Commission noted that appreciable progress has been made in fixing the facilities of the Commission destroyed during the 23rd of May 2021 attack on our offices. The burnt stores have been rebuilt and ready to receive materials, while the repairs of the Collation Centre and other affected facilities are almost completed.
The display of the preliminary register, arising from the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has been done and it is being cleaned-up. In line with the Timetable and Schedule of Activities, the Commission will publish the official Register of Voters and the final list of nominated candidates for the election on 7th October 2021.
The Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) of the new registrants will be ready for collection on or shortly after 7th October. Registrants will be notified accordingly through their respective email addresses and telephone numbers when their PVCs are ready for collection.
The last day for submission of names of polling agents for the election to the Electoral Officer of the Local Government Areas by political parties is 21st October, while political campaigns will end on 4th November.
The Commission is determined to conduct a good election in Anambra State. We enjoin all critical stakeholders to continue to display decorum and conduct their activities in the best traditions of liberal democracy”.