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Election appraisal; Stakeholders hail INEC performance in Enugu

By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU – CHAIRMAN of Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Enugu state performed exceptionally well during the just-concluded elections.
Agubuzu who said this during a “Post-Election Appraisal Stakeholders Meeting’’, which was organized by INEC in Enugu on Monday noted that it was the first time some communities within difficult terrain in the state, where elections hardly start on time, had materials before 7 a.m. and election kicked-off at 8 a.m. prompt.
The chairman said that the arrangement was relatively perfect in terms of timing and arrival of materials and personnel, adding that INEC staff were well-cultured and respective during the election.
Director of National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr Isaac Onukwuba in Enugu State, applauded INEC in all respect of the election, saying that the commission put in place a lot of efforts, time and money to ensure election success in Enugu State.
Onukwuba, however, said that the people of the state did not show expected interest and reciprocity in the election, adding that the voters’ turnout was very low given a population of 1.9 million voters.
Enugu state Commissioner of Police, Mr Suleiman Balarabe, who was represented by SP Kevin Nwagwu said that during the election that they had serious security breach at all polling booth as all officers both those of sister worked in synergy.
“It is the most peaceful and secured election in recent times in the state and the police is general grateful to other sister security agencies for a hitch-free election,’’ Balarabe said.
The Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Mr Rex Arum, said that he monitored more than eight local government areas where he discovered that INEC made serious arrangement for the polls.
“However, the postponement of the election was a little dent to the election as it affected the livelihood of most Nigerians and led to cancellation of most events within the period,’’ he said.
Chief Imam of Nsukka, Alhaji Adam Ugwuanyi, thanked the Federal and state governments for creating enabling environment for hitch-free and violence-free elections in the state.
Ugwuanyi, however, urged INEC to do more enlightenment for the residents to participate massively in up-coming elections in the state.
Comrade Sam Obiefuna, who represented People Living with Disabilities [PLWDs], said that INEC performed creditably well even beyond the calculation of many people.
“This is the first time PLWDs were fully carried along and even allowed to be observers in an election. Our group observed a well-arranged and coordinated elections,’’ Obiefuna, who is with Disability Policy and Empowerment Consult, said.
Earlier, Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, who took time to enumerate all INEC did before and during the general election, said that cumulative report of monitors and observers of the election scored Enugu very high.
“While the assessment of INEC National Office shows that the conduct of election in Enugu State was the best,’’ Ononamadu said.

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