The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recruited and trained 25,000 ad-hoc staff for the conduct of the general elections in Anambra.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, said Anambra recorded the highest number of voters in the country in three years, adding that the state moved from 1.9 million voters registered in 2015 to about 2.5 million in 2019.
He reminded voters that their PVCs were the only tool at their disposal to elect quality leaders and representatives who took decisions that affected their lives and as such should see the electoral process as a must partake.
The REC appealed to those who registered during the voter registration but were yet to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to go to their various local government areas before February 9 to collect them.
Besides, he appealed to registered voters in the state to come out in large numbers to vote for candidates of their choice during the elections as the commission had set adequate logistics in motion to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
“The future and development of the present and upcoming generations lies solely in the hands of the electorates of today and is an assignment not good to toil with.
“We are truly ready to defend our image by standing on all due processes and giving equal fair playing ground to all participants”, orji said and urged the electorate to cooperate with the commission for a smooth exercise.
Orji said ongoing sensitization exercise was part of measures put in place by the commission to reach out to traditional rulers, religious leaders, youths and other stakeholders to get the people prepared for the elections.
He said the commission was appreciative of criticisms and advice received in previous elections from both stakeholders and international observers that helped the commission in repositioning the country’s electoral body. (NAN)