In line with a directive from the Court of Appeal, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared its readiness to conduct re-run elections in two constituencies within Enugu State, assuring the public of a smooth process.
The constituencies in focus are Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency and Enugu South (Urban) Constituency, scheduled for this Saturday. Dr. Chukwuemeka Chukwu, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, addressed journalists in Enugu on Friday, highlighting the commission’s preparedness.
Over 700 staff and ad hoc personnel have been deployed, accompanied by 700 armed security personnel to ensure the integrity and security of the rerun elections. This comprehensive deployment includes key roles such as Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers, Electoral Officers, Registration Area Officers, Collation Officers, and two Returning Officers, among others.
Dr. Chukwu emphasized the meticulous planning, revealing that INEC has collaborated with transport unions, making a 50% payment to guarantee the smooth execution of human and material logistics for the election.
He noted, “With the water-tight arrangements, it is clear that INEC will deliver a credible, fair, and seamless election, which is devoid of violence and rancor. We encourage all eligible voters involved to come out en masse to exercise their franchise as we have security well on the ground.”
The commission has gone beyond the norm by appointing three special monitors dedicated to overseeing the rerun elections in the three local governments involved. This move is part of INEC’s commitment to upholding transparency and ensuring a free and fair electoral process.
As Enugu State gears up for this crucial rerun, all eyes are on INEC to deliver an election that mirrors the principles of democracy and justice, adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Court of Appeal.