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INEC Tasks Stakeholders On Peaceful Conduct Of Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has called on Stakeholders in the nation’s Electoral process to contribute towards the successful conduct of 2023 general election.

FCT Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Yahaya Bello made the call during a meeting with major stakeholders for their imputs and contributions to next month’s polls.

He emphasized on the need for political office holders in the Six Area councils of the FCT to mobilize residents for collection of their Permanent Voter Cards, PVC

According to him, INEC is currently distributing PVCs across the Sixty Two Political Wards in the FCT.

Alhaji Yahaya Bello maintained that the Commission was currently working out modalities to migrate some people in large polling units with over One Thousand voters to empty units to make the voting process easy during the elections.

He noted that the Commission would carry out enlightenment in those areas to inform residents before the polls.

The FCT INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner however appealed to political parties to present their party agents through INEC’s portal.

This, according to him will enable the commission provide the necessary training for the agents.

Representative of the FCT Police Command, Mr Emmanuel Inyang said security agencies were ready to discharge their duties professionally towards ensuring peaceful conduct of the general election.

Mr Iyang however appealed to political leaders to always educate their followers on the importance of peace for the conduct of the polls.

FCT Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council, Mr Adefisayo Makanjuola said the council was planning to embark on a Peace Walk in all the Six Area councils on the need to exercise their franchise and ensure peaceful conduct of the polls.

The Representative of the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Mudawuya while expressing the readiness of traditional institutions towards peaceful conduct of the polls appealed to political leaders to shun activities that could hamper the conduct of the polls.

Speaking on behalf of civil society groups, Eniola Cole said non governmental organizations would continue to monitor all processes leading to the conduct of this year’s general election.

In a remark, the Director, FCT National Orientation Agency, Mrs Comfort Ogunmola said the organization was currently carrying out Voter Education in the Six Area Councils.

Most of the stakeholders appealed to INEC to address challenges that came with the use of Biometric Voter Accreditation System, BVAS in previous elections.

They pledged to intensify campaign across the Sixty Two Political Wards on the collection of PVC.

By Kayode Oyedare,Edited by Grace Namiji

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