- Rita Maduagwu, speaker of the Anambra state House of Assembly, urged stakeholders to put hands on deck to ensure peaceful elections
- Maduagwu also called on eligible voters who have not collected their PVCs to collect theirs before the Friday, February 8 deadline
- The speaker called on all politicians to engage on issue-based campaign and free their minds from fomenting crisis in the interest of peace and development of the country
Rita Maduagwu, speaker of the Anambra state House of Assembly has called on stakeholders in in the state to play their parts to ensure a hitch-free electoral process and peaceful general elections.
Maduagwu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, February 6, in Awka.
She said the forthcoming general elections must have the input of the stakeholders to make the exercise credible, free and fair, as a proof that the nations’ democracy had come to stay.
The speaker noted that efforts were on by the three tiers of government to ensure that agencies responsible for the conduct of the general elections were prepared in order not to upturn democracy.
“Actors in the electoral process; ranging from the security personnel, politicians, stakeholders, electorate to other stakeholder play their parts for a hitch-free electoral process.
“I call on eligible voters who have not collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to collect theirs before the Friday, February 8 deadline, to enable them vote in the general elections.
“For elections to be credible, all players must take active part. I appeal to the electorate to come out enmasse during the election to perform their civic responsibility,” she said.
The speaker called on all politicians to engage on issue-based campaign and free their minds from fomenting crisis in the interest of peace and development of the country.
Maduagwu, who urged parents to guide the conduct of their children during elections, warned youths to shun indulging in electoral malpractices, stressing that “the wrath of the law awaits any offender.”
She said that political parties and their candidates should operate in accordance with the electoral laws and avoid heating the polity for the development and growth of the nation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) warned journalists, social media users and accredited election observers not to risk going to jail by publishing results of the forthcoming elections not endorsed by the body.
Festus Okoye, an INEC commissiober, issued the warning in Awka, Anambra state, at an event to sensitise media practitioners ahead of the 2019 general election.
According to Okoye, only returning officers are mandated to announce results of the exercise.
The INEC commissioner quoted section 123 (4) of the electoral act 2010 (as amended) as stipulating that anyone who announces or publishes the result knowing that they are false or at variance with the signed certificate of return has committed an offence and is liable on conviction to 36 months imprisonment.
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