WRITTEN BY DAVE OKPOKWASILI
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has assured that it will provide a level playing ground for all parties in the upcoming November eighteenth gubernatorial election in the State.
The new Resident Electoral Commissioner for the State, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji stated this when he paid a familiarization visit to the Traditional Ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu the Third in his palace.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Orji maintained that his visit was to partner community leaders in ensuring that electoral process which starts with voter registration is carried out smoothly.
He announced that the one week delimitation of the Continuous Voter Registration to wards, will mark its end in the State to enable the Commission publish the final voter register sixty days before the gubernatorial election as required by Law.
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Dr Orji spoke against the ongoing campaign for election boycott by some secessionist agitators in the State saying that it will cause more harm than good while cautioning against the disruption of the process by the group.
Responding on behalf of the Traditional Ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Doctor Kenneth Orizu, the Crown Prince, Prince Obi Orizu called on the Commission to ensure that it institutes a system that will ensure a free, fair and credible elections which will help to boost the trust of the electorate on them.
Later, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner moved to Umudim Ward One,Nnewi in Nnewi North Local Government Area and Ukpor Ward Two in Nnewi South Local Government Area to monitor the voter registration exercise at Ward levels.
A Resident at Umudim Ward One Registration Centre, Mr Bona Ogbonna commended the decision to delimit the continuous voter registration exercise to Ward levels.