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2019 election: Remain neutral, police, others urged

The Police and other security agencies have again been asked to remain neutral and nonpartisan in the forthcoming general elections next year.
Making the call recently at a stakeholders meeting held at the LGA INEC Headquarters, Afor Oru, Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo state, Chief Austin Anyanwu, a palace secretary who represented the traditional ruler of Umuokrika, Eze Stanley lwu, also highlighted enormous risk associated with election and electioneering campaign and advised youths to keep off violence and refuse taking up arms when given.
He prayed the police and other security agencies to also guard against irregularities and to promote safety in wards and communities.
Imploring INEC to conduct election according to the time scheduled and remain an unbaised empire.
The Ahiazu Mbaise LGA Electoral Officer (EO), Mr. Uzor Chikwendu, at the meeting, gave the assurance that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would ensure a free and fair election and level playing ground for all participants in the forthcoming general election.
He said that measures are being taken to ensure that it would be hitch-free.
He said the commission has rounded off the display of voters register and that plans are on to reach out to communities and distribute unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to their rightful owners and not by proxy.
Fielding questions from the stakeholders on the disparity of results, the E.O. said there are plans by the commission to transmit all results from the polling units via the card readers to take care of any anomaly.
On issue of late arrival of electoral materials and commencement of the election, the EO said the Registration Area Centres (RACs) would be used for timely and easy movement of men and materials.
Speaking, the LGA Chairman, Chief Adauctus Onuoha enjoined politicians to shun politics of do or die affairs, money politics and vote buying.
He harped on issue based campaign and cautioned against name calling and character assassination.
The LG Boss, represented by the Secretary to the LG, Chief Tony Anakani, guaranteed commitment of the LG Authority to ensure conducive electoral environment.
On his part, the Divisional Police of Officer (DPO) Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Uma Orji, stated that election is a game a winner must emerge and stressed need for politicians and electorates to conduct themselves with decorum and allow the will of God to prevail.
He reassured the protection of all and sundry and appealed to parents to bridle their children from being use in thuggery and election violence.
The DPO appealed to all political parties to submit date of their campaign rally earlier to ensure that it does not clash with others.
The LG Chairman National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Chimeze Nwoha guaranteed that all things that are avoidable must be avoided.
He said the body is a neutral and non partisan body and assured to work in tandem with INEC and security agencies for a violent free election.
Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Ahiazu  Mbaise House of Assembly Candidate, Mr. Donet Eze, outlined poverty as one of the factors affecting the election process.
He harped on the essence for all stakeholders to put heads together for a peaceful election, pointing out that violence during polls results from accumulative party ranglings and stressed need to curb excesses before the election.
A community leader from Mpam, Mr. Tony Odom, frowned against the reoccurrence of inconclusive elections, pointing out that the public now see supplementary elections as a rigging strategy between INEC and the ruling party.
He regretted that most often than not the final outcome do not reflect the election results from the polling unit and ward level, praying that missing logo of one political party or the other should not repeat in the 2019 election.
The LGA Director of Social Secretary NYCN, Comrade Chukwuemeka Uzoechi harped on the involvement of the youths in the stakeholders forum to be guarded and curb snatching of election materials, ballot boxes, thuggery and violence.
A community leader from Amuzi, Chief Bishop Nwachukwu of regretted that election always go with violence and that politics is all about interest and particularly, selfish interest.
Comrade Gabriel Onuoha of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) frowned against the commencement of election without election results.
Present include the LGA People Democratic Party(PDP) Ex-officio, Engr. Uche Agomuo, Boot 18 Chairman Amuzi/lhenweorie, Mr. lyke Anyanwu, Party leader Otulu/Aguneze Ward, Dr. Tony Ekeagwu and Ward Chairman Oparadim, Mr. Callistus Njoku.

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