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2019 polls: Traditional rulers, others hail INEC Enugu



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Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, performed exceptionally well during the just-concluded general elections.
Agubuzu made his views known at a“Post-Election Appraisal Stakeholders Meeting’’, organised by INEC in Enugu on Monday.

He 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 respectful during the election.

The Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Mr Rex Arum, while commending INEC for the credible polls 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.

Mr Isaac Onukwube, Director of National Orientation Agency, NOA, in Enugu State, applauded INEC in all respects of the election, saying that the commission put in place a lot of efforts, time and money to ensure election success in Enugu State.

Onukwube, 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.

SP Kevin Nwagwu, who represented the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Suleiman Balarabe, said that during the election that was no serious security breach at any polling booth as all officers even those of sister security agencies 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.

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.

“The assessment of INEC National Office shows that the conduct of election in Enugu State was the best,’’ Ononama said.

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