2019: INEC speaks ahead of parties’ primaries

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it
is ready for effective monitoring of the primaries of the 91 political
parties.

Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in
Anambra, said this on Friday in Awka at the quarterly meeting of the
Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.

Orji said that though the number of political parties recently
increased to 91, the commission had put in place measures for
effective monitoring of the primaries.

"We have put the security agencies on alert on the up-coming parties'
primaries in the state and I believe security will not be an issue
during the primaries,'' he said.

He also said about 100,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be
collected in the state, adding that the meeting deliberated on ways to
step up action for speedy collection of the cards.

"It is disturbing that we still have this number of PVCs uncollected
in spite of awareness by INEC to make the owners of these cards to
pick them up,'' he said.

Mr Mike Okoli, the state Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations,
gave an assurance that all security measures had been put in place for
primaries and the 2019 general elections.

"Even if the INEC says that election is coming up next week, for us in
the security sector, I feel we are battle ready to make sure that
things work out properly,'' he said.

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