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Awka - The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra (REC), Edwin Nwatalari, says the commission is set for the March 28 general polls.
Nwatalari said this during a One-day Stakeholders’ Forum orgainsed by INEC in Awka on Tuesday.
The REC said INEC was ready to make history on March 28 and assured the stakeholders that there was no need to panic over the issue.
He said that all should be law abiding in discharging their civic rights during the elections.
The REC said that all materials needed for the smooth conduct of the elections had been delivered and at the point of distribution to various electoral points.
He said the state achieved 91 per cent Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collection and hoped to achieve 100 per cent before the election date.
“PVC collection is still on till March 27, nobody should complain of not collecting their PVC because of INEC timing: we have given enough time’’, he said.
Nwatarali displayed the ballot boxes and pointed out their colours.
He said that green would be used for House of Representatives Election, Red for Presidential and black for Senate.
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He also demonstrated the use of the card readers.
The REC said that the benefits of card readers would be to detect and accredit the real voters.
He disclosed that manual accreditation would be used where the card failed to accredit the voter.
"We want free, fair and transparent elections. This is achievable with the smart card reader," he said.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra called on the electorate to be law abiding and to come out en masse to cast their votes wisely.
Represented by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Tony Onyima, the governor commended INEC for achieving 91 per cent PVC collection in the state.
The meeting was attended by Senator Chris Ngige (APC-Anambra Central), and the leader of Progressive People's Alliance (PPA), Godwin Ezeemo, among others.