The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has asked traditional leaders and faith-based organisations for their assistance in conducting a credible and peaceful governorship election in Imo.
Prior to the state’s off-season November 11 governorship election, the state’s resident electoral commissioner (REC), Prof. Sylvia Agu, made the decision at an interactive meeting with leaders of religious groups in Owerri.
Agu claimed that given their roles in assisting their followers to enthrone good government, the gathering had become essential.
Agu said that the meeting became imperative in view of their roles in guiding their faithful to enthrone good governance.
Agu assured the people that the sabotage wittnessed during the general elections would not repeat itself, saying that adequate preparations had been made for transportation of materials and training of ad hoc staff.
“INEC meant no harm. We did our best in the last elections, but we are still asking for your continued prayer for our country and with God on our side, we will succeed,” she said.
In response, Mr. Sunny Odoemene, general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria’s Imo branch, advised INEC to make sure that enough preparations are made to deter voter apathy.
In order to prevent electoral fraud, Odoemene also urged the commission to make sure that results were pasted at each polling place by election workers before they left.