Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nigeria: INEC Holds Enlarged Election Stakeholders Forum In Delta

In preparation for the conduct of a hitch free and credible general elections in 2015, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has convened an Enlarged Election Stakeholders Forum in Asaba, Delta state. Speaking at the meeting, which was attended by all political parties, civil society organisations and other stakeholders in the state, the Delta Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gesila Khan, said that INEC has put every machinery in place ahead of the 2015 elections.

The REC emphasized that the Commission has embarked on a tour of all political party offices to sensitize them on the pending electoral activities, which include the distribution of Permanent Voters’ card, continous voters’ registration exercise and election procedures. The Enlarged Election Stakeholders Forum, which witnessed a large turnout, gave room for cross fertilization of ideas between INEC and majority of the stakeholders. The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gesila Khan, said that the meeting was a deliberate policy of the Commission to keep its strategic election stakeholders abreast of its plans so that they could buy into the various programmes and help drive them deep down the grassroots.

The various stakeholders, who spoke at the Enlarged Election Stakeholders Forum, observed that although the meeting was a welcome development, the time frame issued by INEC for the voters’ registration exercise was too short. They, therefore, appealed for an extension of time to enable the electorates participate fully in the election, to allow political parties prepare extensively for the forthcoming elections. While giving assurance that INEC would do everything possible to make the exercise smooth and hitch free, the Commission has taken delivery of the Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) meant for the registered voter in Delta State.

Source:  This Day

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