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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reassured Nigerians that it is committed to conducting smooth and credible rerun elections in Enugu State on February 3.
Chukwuemeka Chukwu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, revealed this information during a stakeholders meeting held in Enugu on Friday.
Chukwu highlighted that the arrangements for the rerun elections in Udenu/Igbo-eze North Federal Constituency and Enugu South Urban State Constituency were nearly finalized and progressing well.
Across the state, both constituency elections are set to be conducted in 25 Registration Areas, with a total of 173 polling units, as explained by him.
In reference to Enugu South Urban State Constituency (located in Enugu South council area), the REC specified that a rerun election in eight polling units was mandated by the court to address discrepancies.
He stressed that Udenu/Igbo-eze North Federal Constituency, made up of two council areas – Udenu and Igbo-eze North-elections will be conducted in 55 polling units in Udenu council and 110 polling units in Igbo-eze North council.
“Working under the order of the court, which specified 90 days for conduct of the rerun elections, the commission has fixed Feb. 3, 2024 for the rerun elections.
“We are prepared and have made necessary arrangements for hitch-free and inclusive rerun elections that is the essence of this important stakeholders meeting.
“Presently, we have non-sensitive materials in INEC offices in the various council areas involved in the rerun elections.
“The stakeholders will be carried along to unveil and monitor the sensitive materials as they arrive a few hours toward the Election Day proper through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Enugu branch,” he said.
Chukwu noted that all political parties that took part in the initial election would be participating in the rerun elections, adding that the commission expected maximum cooperation from the political parties for a successful exercise.
“INEC is poised to conduct free, fair, credible and transplant rerun elections.
“Personally, I am also assuring stakeholders of keeping to the timing scheduled of 8a.m. start of the election; and other modalities and arrangement will also be intact.”