COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED BY THE COALITION OF INEC ACCREDITED ELECTION OBSERVER GROUPS FOR THE ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION, 2017 IN ANAMBRA STATE.

We, the INEC duly accredited Domestic election observer Organizations
for the Anambra State Governorship Election, 2017, having observed the
November 18th 2017 Governorship Election in Anambra State wish to make
the following statement as regards our findings and observations in
the state;

 

Ø The Anambra State Governorship Election took place as scheduled on
the 18th of November, 2017 across the State.

Ø The election was contested by thirty-seven (37) political
parties/candidates, all the political parties received a level playing
ground and keenly contested votes.

Ø There was an encouraging voters turnout for the election across the
state against all speculations of possible boycott by voters.

Ø The Election was calm, peaceful, orderly and transparent.

Ø  We observed that INEC was very careful to make available all the
election materials both sensitive and non-sensitive to their polling
units in good time which helped in commencing the election exercise
early enough as scheduled, except in few polling units where the
exercise commenced a little behind scheduled due to transportation
challenges.

Ø There was an open and free for all buying and selling osf votes in
polling Units.

Ø There was an observation of commotion in some polling units in
Anaocha, Aguata, Orumba North and South due to malfunction of the
Smart Card Readers to authenticate PVCs but the timely intervention of
the INEC ICT Engineers restored it to normal and smooth exercise.

Ø We also observed that the restriction of vehicular movement was well
enforced by security Agencies while giving way for those on election
duty and other emergency activities.

Ø There was an obvious and encouraging presence of Security personnel
in all the nooks and crannies of the state which helped in ensuring
peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election.

Ø There was an encouraging participation of women in the election.

 

Recommendation:

Following the above observation and to improve on our electoral
process, we wish to recommend the following;

a)    The Election Management Body and Government at all levels
should engage committed Civil Society groups on an intensive civic
voter education, sensitization and mobilization ahead of every
election. This will go a long way in encouraging and improving voter
participation in elections.

b)    The political parties should also engage in civic voter
mobilization as a proactive way of campaign.

c)    Proper accreditation of party agents should be done by INEC for
clear identification in polling units. The media should be well
accredited also and sensitized on their election reportage to avoid
overheating the polity with negative and inaccurate reportage.

d)    We recommend very strongly the arrest and immediate prosecution
of unaccredited observer group or groups loitering around and
spreading fake information about the state and the election.

e)    Priority should be given to the difficult terrains and remote
LGAs, Communities, etc in the State in of distribution of election
materials to ensure quick and timely commencement of election in such
areas.

f)      Political parties should ensure a wide spread presence of
their party agents in all the polling unities for effective party
representation during elections.

g)    The redeployment of the Commissioner of Police and his top
officers less than 72 hours to an election in an election State as was
the case in Anambra State is a serious drawback to security
preparations ahead of the election.  We therefore recommend that such
deployment and redeployment be down at least two months before the
date of the election.

 

Commendation:

1.    Our team commends the Election Management Body (INEC) for its
wonderful preparation in providing all the needed logistics and
materials on time which actually encouraged the success of the
election. It goes to prove their earlier position and commitment in
ensuring and giving Anambra State a free, fair and credible election

2.    The Security Agencies are hereby applauded for providing a
secured and peaceful environment for the election, their professional
and civil relationship with the electorate is highly commendable.

3.    We appreciate the people of Anambra State for their proper
conduct during and after the election, especially for showing maturity
and putting away the stings of violence.

4.    We commend the Governor and Chief Security Officer of the
State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano for standing on the path of
peace and mutual understanding among politicians and political parties
before and during the election even as he was severally and
unconstitutionally maltreated to the point of withdrawing his security
aides at the peak of the electioneering campaign.

 

Conclusion:

We conclude by saying that the November 18th, 2017 Anambra State
Governorship Election actually took place as scheduled under a
conducive and peaceful atmosphere. The election was very peaceful
across the entire LGAs visited by our teams.

We therefore adjudge it to have met the accepted standards in line
with our relevant Electoral Laws. Hence the result should be accepted
by all the candidates and political parties as a true reflection of
the wishes and decisions of the electorates.

The losers should therefore show a good spirit of sportsmanship by
sincerely congratulating the winner as we also urge the winner to
extend a hand of fellowship to all other candidates for the good and
rapid development of the state.

 

Thank you and God bless.

 

Signed;-

 

Comrade Kalu Victor

For the Coalition.

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