By Vincent Ujumadu
ANAMBRA Grassroots Movement, AGM, an advocacy, and mobilization group has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Police for what it described as level of preparedness for the election.
The group in a statement by Messrs Osita Igbokwe, Oraegbulam Anene, Chief Ike Obiekie and Thomson Chikezie, said the preparations for the exercise was encouraging.
The statement reads: “The Anambra Grassroot Movement (AGM), an advocacy and mobilization group with structures in all the 21 local government areas across the state, commends the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police for their level of preparedness for the election.
With the level of concerted voter education, public enlightenment, equipment and logistics so far put in place for the exercise, the Movement is assured of INEC’s readiness and capacity to conduct a credible, free and fair governorship election in Anambra state.
The Movement has keenly observed the commitment of the Anambra state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Dr. Nwachukwu Orji, and his work force and have confidence that the commission will deliver a credible poll that exclusively reflects the wishes and aspiration of the people.
Equally commendable is the level of training already given to all the electoral officials and field staff, especially in the use of the Election Management System (EMS)
In the same vein, the Movement commends the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar for the level preparedness of the police for the election. The Movement is confident that with the level of public enlightenment and mobilization of men and equipment, the Police have shown readiness, capacity and commitment for adequate security for a non-violent, free and fair election in the state.
The Movement therefore calls on all ndi-Anambra and other stakeholders to fully cooperate with INEC, the police and other relevant security agencies involved in the exercise.
Finally, the Movement urges all contestants and their supporters to play according to the rules while assuring INEC and Police of its continued support and cooperation towards achieving a credible election.”