By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Ahead of next weeks Anambra gubernatorial election, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has warned the the over 20,000 staff deployed for the poll not to get involve in activities that could mar the poll including electoral fraud.
The INEC boss said that anybody caught in electoral malpractice would be dealt with in accordance with the law because Nigerians and international community are watching INEC in its resolve to make Anambra governorship election the best in the history of the commission.
Yakubu gave the warning when he addressed the staff of the commission at the INEC state headquarters Awka ahead of Nov.18 governorship election.
“INEC will be holding two elections in Anambra on Nov. 18, the governorship election and the state assembly election for Idemili North state constituency you must discharge your duties diligently. There are many people out there working seriously to see that the commission fails in its commitment to record free, fair and credible election and you must have this in mind.
“The commission will get rid of you if you do the wrong thing, and you are aware that those caught in the web of such negative act during the conduct of 2015 election are still facing the music’’, he added.
He hinted that the commission had over one month ago provided money and other logistics needed for the smooth conduct of the election, even as he advised the heads of each units to work closely with their subordinates.
Yakubu assured the electorate and stakeholders’ that materials would begin to arrive local governments Wednesday while the sensitive materials would be shared less than 24 hours to the election.
Meanwhile, the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, assured the national chairman that staff of the commission were committed to ensuring a hitch-free election.