Abuja—The Monitoring Board for the Anambra gubernatorial election has demanded the temporary re-deployment of all INEC staff in the state, till the conclusion of the February 6 poll.

Mr Ikeazor Akaraiwe, Chairman of the board, who made the call at a news briefing in Abuja, yesterday, stressed that such  movement would raise the credibility of the election.

“This is important to give the political parties and the candidates a sense of fairness before, during and after the election. These personnel should leave their primary assignments temporarily and return at the conclusion of the election,” he said.

Akaraiwe argued that though their roles were crucial, it was also possible that some of them might have developed some relationships with some of the main actors, which itself could give room for aspersions on the credibility of the electoral process.

He also urged INEC to prepare a code of conduct to which all the political parties and candidates must subscribe, so as to eschew violence and electoral irregularities.

The board called on the electoral body to ensure the early movement of materials to local government areas and polling units, emphasising that “all election materials must be at the designated places of voting latest by 8 a.m.”

Akaraiwe further urged INEC to serialise all ballot papers and result sheets, to minimise malpractice, while all polling materials to be dispatched by INEC must be checked by the board members at Awka.

“We advise political parties to train and deploy their agents, as only parties with agents at the polling units can authoritatively give evidence or account of what happened in a particular unit,’’ he said.

He asked INEC to give accreditation to all foreign observers interested in the election. He urged such observers to make available to the board, copies of their reports to enhance their submission.

“We will ensure that all credible domestic observers are accredited, properly trained and acting professionally and ethically,” he promised.


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