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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has once again reiterated its commitment to ensuring transparency, equity, and fairness in the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
Head of Department, Voter Education, and Publicity, Imo INEC, Emmanuela Ben-Opara, gave the assurance while addressing over 5,000 market women during a sensitisation campaign on collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), organised by Pan African Women Project, held at World Bank Market, Owerri.
Ben-Opara said that the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) is one of the strategies employed by the Commission to ensure that the conduct of 2023 polls is not only credible, but also remarkable in the history of Nigeria.
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She also urged Imo electorate, especially women and youths, to collect their PVCs and participate actively, while assuring the Commission’s preparedness to ensure that every vote counts during the election exercise.
Reacting to security issues, including recent attack on INEC offices in the state, which many believe have created anxiety and doubt in the minds of people, the INEC official said: ‘Don’t be afraid of anything. 2023 elections will go as planned, and INEC is ready to ensure that every vote counts during the election. But you must first go and pick up your PVCs to enable you vote. Remember, your vote is your right.’
Speaking to newsmen at the event, Head of Mission, Eno Udensi, Assistant Head of Mission, Bontle Matjila, and Mrs. Joyce Nana of the Pan African Women Project disclosed that the essence of the sensitisation exercise was to encourage women to partner with efforts that would guarantee credible 2023 elections.