INEC unfolds plans for Anambra governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released detailed
plans for the governorship election in Anambra State.
The election is scheduled to hold on November 16, 2013.
According to a statement by Kayode Robert Idowu, the Chief Press
Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, the commission will from August 19 to 25, 2013 conduct Continuous Voter Registration exercise in Anambra State, preparatory to the governorship election scheduled for November 16, 2013.
Idowu added in the statement on Friday: “Before the CVR, the
Commission will conduct voter verification from 16th to 18th August,
2013. During this exercise, the Register of Voters for the state will
be displayed at polling units statewide for voters to verify their
registration status.
“INEC on Thursday, July 18, 2013, met with national and Anambra State
leaders of registered political parties to brief them on preparations
towards the governorship election. The meeting provided an opportunity to give the stakeholders up-to-date information on the data of voters for Anambra State, the status and spread of the polling units, and the action plan for voter verification and CVR leading up to the governorship election.
“Following the voter registration exercise conducted in 2011, INEC
declared a figure of 2,011,746 registrants in Anambra State.
The Commission has since subjected that data to Register Optimization
Process, which involved data consolidation, the use of the Automatic
Fingerprints Identification System (AFIS) software to eliminate
multiple registrations and the application of business rules for
printing of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs); ending up with a valid voter figure of 1, 711061 registrants.
The impending CVR offers opportunity for persons who have turned 18 years since 2011, or who were 18-plus at the time but did not register, or who had less than two fingerprints captured during the 2011 registration exercise, to get themselves registered ahead of the Anambra governorship election.
“There are 4,608 polling units in the state, spread across the 21
Local Government Areas (LGAs). The Commission, at the stakeholder
meeting on Thursday, identified 53 polling units in nine LGAs that are
without data. It also disclosed the identity of four polling units
that have been found to be located in the forest, assuring
stakeholders that the status of these polling units is being verified
and the Commission would make its decision on them known very soon.
“The Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, urged the stakeholders to
support INEC in mobilising Anambra residents for the voter
verification exercise, the CVR and the November 16th governorship
election. The voter verification will hold at the polling unit level,
while the CVR will hold at the Registration Area centres (i.e. Ward
level) – except for the 53 PUs without data, where registration will
hold at the polling unit level. The Chairman also assured the
stakeholders that with the Register Optimization Process conducted,
Addendum Registers will not be used in the Anambra election.
“Party leaders at the stakeholder meeting unanimously expressed their
satisfaction with the level of preparation by INEC and promised to
mobilise Anambra voters for peaceful and credible election.
“Twenty-four registered political parties were represented at the
stakeholder meeting with INEC.”