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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ebonyi State disclosed on Tuesday that 436,254 registered voters spread across 57 Registration Areas and 870 polling units are expected to partake in the forthcoming bye-election within the 5 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Ebonyi South Senatorial zone.
Addressing a briefing at the INEC Headquarters in Abakaliki, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ebonyi State, Mrs. Onyeka Pauline Ugochi, emphasized that participation in the upcoming election would be limited to individuals possessing valid permanent voter’s cards.
For the February 3rd bye-election, she specified the need for approximately 3,662 ad-hoc staff. This includes essential roles such as Returning Officers, LGA Collation Officers, Supervisory Presiding Officers, RETECHs, Local Government Supervisors, Presiding Officers, and Assistant Presiding Officers (1, 2, and 3).
The commissioner provided insight, stating that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), a crucial component for voter verification and authentication, has been identified and will be configured for deployment when the time is right.
Non-sensitive election materials were being selected and arranged according to their local governments, while sensitive materials were expected from Abuja.
Mrs. Onyeka assured of adequate security measures to ensure the safety of electoral personnel and materials during the entire process. Six political parties, namely Action Alliance (AA), Action Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressives Congress (APC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and the Labour Party, presented candidates for the bye-election.
Mrs. Onyeka shared that the commission actively observed the parties’ primaries, submitting reports to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, and is now awaiting the official publication of candidates’ names for each political party.
She extended appreciation to the media and civil society organizations for their thorough coverage and unbiased reporting of INEC activities in the state.