The Independent National Electoral Commission in Anambra State has confirmed that 2.5 million electorates are expected to vote in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Queen Elizabeth Agwu, who disclosed this at a news briefing on Friday in Awka, upon assumption of duty in November 2022, about 134,000 Permanent Voter Cards had yet to be collected by their owners, leaving “about 5,000 less to complete the number of voting population to 2.5 million,” after distribution.
The Eagle reported that Agwu said that the commission had deployed enough materials, security and manpower to the 5,720 Polling Units in the 326 Electoral Wards in the state.
She added, “We have 5,720 Polling Units in Anambra and as I speak with you, we have deployed enough materials, security and manpower in all these areas.
“The people are willing to participate in the election tomorrow and we encourage them to come out en masse.”
According to Agwu, the commission was committed towards conducting credible, free and fair elections, and so, she encouraged Nigerians to come out in their numbers to vote, as the best way to cause a positive change in democracy is for the masses to participate fully during elections.
She said, “People had been asking since November whether elections would hold in Anambra.
“And my answer is clear: that election would hold in all parts of the state.
“All I advise is that people should not sell their voters because that will deprive the country of good leaders.
“Election is a game and not war.
“If you lose today, tomorrow you could win.
“It is not a do or die affair.
“Everybody, especially the youths, should participate effectively to move Nigeria forward.”