The Independent National Electoral Commission in its determination to ensure the safety of personnel and materials in the 2023 polls has vowed to hold high-level meetings with security agencies and stakeholders to enable proper consultations on the security situation in the country ahead of the scheduled 2023 general elections.

Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu affirmed this at a  second regular quarterly meeting for the year 2022 with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja.

He said the immediacy of the meeting reflects the recent attacks on the commission’s personnel and facilities in Imo state as well as the suspended continuous voter registration exercise in some parts of the country due to security challenges confronting the region.

“Despite the security challenges, we must remain resolute in our determination to conduct the 2023 General Election as scheduled. In doing so, every eligible Nigerian must be given the opportunity to vote, including citizens in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp.

The Commission will keep monitoring and reviewing the situation nationwide, always bearing in mind the imperative of protecting the safety and security of our staff and registrants.

We will continue to work with the security agencies for peaceful electioneering and conduct of elections.”

Prof. Mahmood while lamenting the negative light posed by these security challenges reiterates the commission’s quest to get more registered Nigerians as voters especially as the exercise is drawing close to its deadline.

“Consequently, following the unfortunate incident in Imo State last week, the Commission suspended the CVR exercise in all the 54 additional centers in the State. The exercise is now restricted to our State and Local Government offices except Ihitte Uboma, Njaba, and Osu where the exercise has been suspended for the time being. Similarly, based on the urgency of the situation in Anambra State, the CVR has been suspended in all the 42 additional centers and confined to our State and Local Government offices except Nnewi South and Ogbaru LGAs where the exercise has also been temporarily suspended. Furthermore, in Kaduna State, the exercise has been suspended in Jema’a and Kaura as well large areas of Birnin Gwari and Giwa on account of insecurity in the four LGAs.”

The Resident Electoral Commissioners were, therefore, enjoined to study the new law thoroughly in order to achieve democratically elected leaders in the country.

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