The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will review the voters’ register from August 19 to August 25 for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State on November 16.
Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman, who said this at a stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Thursday, said the review was to accommodate all eligible voters.
Jega said: “Our preparations for the elections include doing continuous voters’ registration from August 19 to August 25 in order to update the register as required by law before the elections.
“Doing this will give an opportunity for all those who have attained 18 years, since the last registration in 2011, to register.
“It is also for all those who have registered but have their details in the manual register, not in the electronic register, to be updated.”
According to him, the meeting will offer opportunity for wide ranging consultations with all the parties involved in the election.
Jega said that credible elections were hinged on credible voters’ register, adding that INEC was conscious of the fact and placed premium on the exercise.
“In this regard, we are leaving no stone unturned in order to clean up and have a very credible register for Anambra before the November 16 governorship election,” he said.
Jega said that all political parties had revalidated the Code of Conduct for political parties, which had reaffirmed their commitment to the deepening of democracy through a credible electoral process.
According to him, the Anambra State election will be the first test case of the reaffirmed code of conduct, which hinged on responsible conduct by political parties and their supporters.
The code of conduct, he added, entailed decorum, civility and mutual respect for one another, decent, lawful and peaceful campaigns in accordance with the best practices as well as democratic norms.
Representatives of political parties that attended the meeting expressed optimism of the chances of their party to emerge victorious in the forthcoming election.
Chief Victor Umeh, the National Chairman, All Progressive Grand Alliance, promised that his party would retain the governorship position in the state.
“We hold the flag in the state and we are here to meet with the people we are going to form alliances with after winning the election,” Umeh said
Peter Okala, the state Chairman, National Conscience Party, said the party was optimistic of winning the election as it stood for justice and equity.
“The founder of the party, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, stood for justice and that remains our focus,” Okala said.
Mathias Aneke, the state Chairman of APGA, said that the focus of the party was based on integrity, adding that it looked forward to a credible election.
“INEC Chairman is honest and we have faith in him, but that does not mean that INEC does not have fifth columnists, so we are watching out,” Aneke said.
Fifteen political parties attended the meeting.