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Imo unclaimed voters cards mainly duplications, says REC


Some Permanent Voters Cards Waiting to be Collected

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo State has uncovered several duplications in registration by voters in the 27 local councils of the state.Addressing journalists at a media forum organized by the a Non-Governmental Organization, Development Dynamics (DD), the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, disclosed that the multiple registrations were made by voters during previous registration exercises.

At the forum which was also used to take a stock of the November 19 governorship election in Anambra State, the REC said the commission’s officials were busy sorting all the duplications, which he said in some cases were triple.

Ezeonu, who commended the Programme Director of DD, Dr. Jude Ohanele, for organizing a forum where the commission and journalists brainstormed to workout modalities to free and fair credible polls in the state, noted that as soon as the duplicated cards were identified, the number would be made available to the public.

He said the commission would clean the register of dead persons from the database, adding that the commission would require about 1 million ad-hoc workers in the 2019 elections in the state.

The INEC chief advised journalists to adhere to security rules in carrying out their electoral observation duties, noting that they had begun electoral audit of their activities.

Ezeonu, who attended the forum with his officials said the problems associated with the card reader machines should be borne in good faith as that was the only credible means of achieving electoral feat, adding that the commission had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to ensure smooth transportation in addressing logistics.

In his speech, the convener, Ohanele, said the aim of the forum was to enable the stakeholders present share experiences on the Anambra governorship poll with the aim of drawing inferences on how to conduct 2019 elections in the state.

Ohanele, opined that he would like the commission to organize staggered elections in future to address problems associated with it.Commending the INEC for improved performance, he suggested that Ekiti and Kogi past elections were better, urging to copy the models adopted.His words, ”As CSOs, we ask for staggered election. We are discussing by virtue of the law, we stager this election. INEC has started improving. It is our duty to observe they are improving. It is our duty to demand they improve more.”

The rights activist advised his colleagues, Ohaneze Ndigbo, and journalists to carry out the voluntary duty of sensitizing people and discourage electorate from boycotting elections.

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