From CHUKS EZE, Enugu
The Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, has praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State and rated the commission‘s performance during the judge concluded 2019 general election as “exceptionally well”.
Tagged “Post-Election Appraisal Stakeholders Meeting’’, the event which held at Bon Sunshine Hotels, Enugu, attracted several other personalities including the Resident Electoral C commissioner in Enugu State, Dr Emeka Ononamadu and to personnel of the commission; religious leaders, resentatives from varous security institutions, the church and civil society organisations, among others, who took turns to rate the INEC’s outing at the polls.
He noted that it was the first time that some communities within difficult terrain in the state, where elections hardly ever started on time, had materials before 7 a.m. and election kicked-off at 8 a.m. prompt.
According to Agubuxu, INEC‘s procedures throughout the process were relatively perfect especially in terms of timing and arrival of materials, well-cultured personnel and general logistics.
Earlier in an address, the Enugu REC had presented step by step activities of INEC in Enugu State throughout the pre, post and as well as election days proper.
He pointed out that the commission had fulfilled its promise of conducting a credible exercise in the state, adding that it was encouraged by the ratings and reports of election monitors on the performance of Enugu INEC during the elect.
According to him, the commission had engaged in various stakeholders meetings, sensitisation programmes, and media awareness campaigns among others, adding that the commission recorded a total of 16 press conferences throughout the process to ensure that all stakeholders and the entire citizenry were carried along at every stage.
“This gathering is anchored on the 16 promises that we had made to the people of Enugu State at the beginning of the election process.
“Various stakeholders had expressed their desire to credible exercise and we had assured of credible, transparent exercise. I am happy to state that this stakeholders appraisal event marks 100 per cent fulfilment of our promises.
“May I also cease this platform to announce that the assessment of INEC National Office shows that the conduct of election in Enugu State was the best. We that all that helped us to achieve that feat because we did not do it alone,’’ Ononamadu said.
On his part, the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State Chapter, Rex Arum, noted that he monitored more than eight local government areas during the election and that he wad impressed that INEC made commendable arrangement for the polls.
He however, described the postponement of the election as a “little dent on the election as it affected the livelihood of most Nigerians and led to cancellation of most events within the period, thereby subjecting virtually all citizens to immense discomfort and loss of resources”.
For the Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), in Enugu State, Isaac Onukwuba, INEC deserved applause in all respects of the election, stressing that the commission put in place a lot of efforts, time and money to ensure that the elections were a success in Enugu State.
Onukwuba, however, complained 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 registered voters.
SP Kevin Nwagwu, who represented the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Suleiman Balarabe, noted that there was no record of serious security breach at any polling station during the election ascribing high level of policing during the process to the synergy that existed among all sister-security agencies in the state.
The Chief Imam of Nsukka, Alhaji Adam Ugwuanyi, on his part, thanked the Federal and state governments for creating enabling environment for hitch-free and violence-free elections in the state.
He urged INEC to embark on more enlightenment so that more residents would get more sensitisation for there to be massively participation in future elections in the state.
Miss Oge Enwerem, from Divine Era and Social Right Development Initiative, represented the Civil Society Organisations (CSO). She also commended the commission, pointing out that INEC Enugu had deployed the social media platform during process and that it effectively carried everyone along explaining every move of the commission at every stage.