The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appealed for partnership of election stakeholders to achieve a successful, fair and credible in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Enugu state, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, made the appeal while officially issuing the Notice of Election and commencement of electoral activities for the 2019 General Elections.
Stakeholders present at the issuing of the notice of election included: political parties, the media, traditional rulers, business community, transport unions, security agencies and the electorates.
According to him, with the notice of election, the coast is clear for INEC to conduct a successful 2019 General Election.
“In terms of administrative plans, we are ready for the election. We have notified the people especially our stakeholders that the dice is cast.”
“INEC is committed as a matter of patriotism to better the electoral process come 2019; even as our staff had braced-up for greater dedication and more work.”
“INEC offices are open to the public including the media to seek information on any aspect of the commission’s preparation as well as make valid inquires and complaints,’’ he said.
Ononamadu urged the electorates to use the shift in date of the closure of the ongoing Voters Registration (CVR) to August 30 to collect their PVCs and register in other to fulfill their constitutional obligations.
Responding, Comrade Austin Okonkwo, who spoke on behalf of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), commended INEC for the progress made in the ongoing CVR in the state as well as releasing the election time-table on time.
“With early preparation and consultation with critical stakeholders, I know we are going to have a free, fair and credible elections in 2019,’’ Okonkwo said.
The highpoints of the event was the unveiling of the time-table posters and its pasting in strategic locations and billboards of the commission.
In the 2019 General Elections Time-table, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will be held on February 16, 2019; while Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections will be held on March 2.