INEC Boasts Of Readiness To Conduct Party Primaries
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given assurances that everything is in place to effectively monitor the primaries of all registered political parties in the country.
Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Anambra, said this on Friday in Awka at the quarterly meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.
Orji said the commission is not intimidated by the number of political parties in the country which Naija News recalls has now increased to 91 ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“We have put the security agencies on alert on the up-coming parties’ primaries in the state and I believe security will not be an issue during the primaries,’’ he said.
Orji, however, lamented that about 100,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be collected in the state, adding that the meeting deliberated on ways to step up action for speedy collection of the cards.
“It is disturbing that we still have this number of PVCs uncollected in spite of awareness by INEC to make the owners of these cards to pick them up,’’ he said.
In a related development, Mr Mike Okoli, the state Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, gave an assurance that all security measures had been put in place for primaries and the 2019 general elections.
“Even if the INEC says that election is coming up next week, for us in the security sector, I feel we are battle ready to make sure that things work out properly,’’ he said.