The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed its determination to conduct elections in Anambra State this November and in 2019, urging eligible voters to shun calls to boycott the election as the exercise would proceed even in the event of a boycott.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Enugu State, Mr Emeka Ononammadu, gave the advice in his maiden press briefing held recently at the INEC headquarters in Enugu. The commission was obligated to conduct elections, he said. “Whether one person comes out to vote or not, INEC must conduct an election. Whatever the number of people that participated in an election, the conduct would obviously produce winner(s).”
He noted further that ”elections are crucial to governance since somebody must be a helmsman at any point in time,” adding, “even if there would be a referendum in the country, it is INEC register that would be relied upon to determine eligibility for participation in the referendum”.
With regard to the first phase of the continuous voters registration exercise, he said it is often wise for eligible voters to register since greater participation of voters in elections help discourage electoral malpractice.
According to him, there is no action that poses a threat to the conduct of elections in Enugu State, noting that eight new registration centres were approved in addition to the 17 statutory centres in Enugu.
On the distribution of permanent voter’s cards, the REC said INEC has so far distributed 3,978 such cards, while 4000 had been lost or defaced.
Ononammadu explained that the second quarter of the continuous voters registration will commence soon while display of voters’ register has commenced at the registration centres. He urged eligible voters to check if their names were omitted or spelt wrongly for necessary corrections.