INEC won’t use incident form in 2019 elections – Imo REC
The Independent National Electoral Commission will not use incident form in the 2019 elections as the card reader will be effectively utilised.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo State, Prof. Francis Ezeonu, said this at a Town Hall Meeting/Sensitisation Campaign of the commission on the Continuous Voter Registration in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo.
He said that the commission was upgrading the card reader to make it more functional and effective during elections.
He told the participants and politicians that the era of playing pranks with people’s Permanent Voter Cards during elections was gone, adding that anyone with a PVC that the card reader could not recognise would be disenfranchised and would not be given any incident form.
Ezeonu said that accreditation and voting would start simultaneously to avoid long queues and time-wasting during elections.
He advised politicians and party faithful to ensure they did their homework well when campaigns commenced, adding that any plan to rig in whatever form would be a waste of time and effort.
“The essence of politics is development. Candidates should ensure they sincerely work towards getting the people’s mandate. Hijacking election materials will not work in the 2019 elections,” he said.
The Head of Voter Education in the state’s INEC, Mrs. Immanuela Ben-Opara, had earlier educated the stakeholders on the need for proper conduct during elections and for them to register to have their PVCs.
Some stakeholders during the interaction commended the Imo REC on his efforts to ensure free and fair elections.
They said that they were ready to work with INEC in the spirit of the current move to ensure credible elections and called on the commission to ensure it would abide by its assurances.
They also advised INEC not to change its trained ad hoc staff with new and untrained ones during elections and to avoid being used by politicians to rig elections.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area, Mr. Ebenezar Amadi, commended INEC in Imo for being innovative.”
He said the area was noted for insecurity in the past, but normalcy had returned.
The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor and an indigene of the area, Mr. Kingsley Uju, also commended INEC on the sensitisation move.
“With this move and its effective implementation, Nigerians will begin to believe and have confidence that INEC is ready to manage the electoral process well without intimidation.
“People are ready to work with INEC. I thank INEC for creating the opportunity to interface with the people on an efficient electoral process. I, therefore, call on the stakeholders to give INEC adequate support, “Uju said.
Earlier, the Electoral Officer in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area, Mr. Nwabueze Nwoke, had said the meeting afforded INEC and stakeholders a focal point to create the desired synergy needed to achieve maximum success “in this collective enterprise.”
Meanwhile, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, on Sunday, urged youths to get registered, collect their PVCs and participate actively in the nation’s electoral process.
Ononamadu gave the advice at a youth forum tagged, “YouthDecide2019’’ held in Enugu.
Ononamadu said youths should not sit at home and criticise leaders when their impact on enshrining good governance could be felt with their numerical strength.
“If the Nigerian youths must stand up and be counted while making a difference in our national polity, they must stand up and unite to ensure that the right thing and right people are supported in political parties.
“You can even bring in bright ideas that will make your party of choice move forward and bring progress in the entire country electoral-wise,” he said.
The REC said INEC would continue to hold regular meetings with various stakeholders to prepare the electoral process for a hitch-free general elections in 2019.