Barely two weeks to the conduct of the rerun and supplementary elections slated for January 25, in Imo state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a timetable of activities with timelines for the polls.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Francis Ezeonu, made the disclosure at a meeting of the commission with stakeholders in Owerri, the state capital
He said that an appeal court sitting in Owerri had ordered a re-run election for the Okigwe/Onuimo/Isiala Mbano federal constituency as well as supplementary elections in 18 polling units of Orlu/Orsu/Oru east federal constituency and 12 polling units of Njaba state constituencies.
He said that all the polling units designed for supplementary elections in Orlu/Orsu/Oru east federal constituency were in Orlu local government area, adding that the commission had scheduled Saturday, January 25, for the re-run and supplementary elections.
Ezeonu said that the commission would retain all the arrangements made during the general elections as it was concluding arrangements for the election as scheduled.
“We will also activate and use all the super Residential Area Centers (RAC) and RACs in Okigwe, Onuimo and Isiala Mbano LGAs, respectively, for camping on eve of the election on Jan. 24 for easy deployment of materials to the polling units on election day,” he said.
He said that the materials would be deployed in both Orlu and Njaba LGA directly from the INEC LGA offices, saying that the polling units where supplementary elections would hold were within reach.
The REC, therefore, appealed to stakeholders and communities where the centres are located to help maintain the sanctity and security of the centres as well as ensure free and flawless elections.
According to him, “we will be fair and transparent in all we do.” Ezeonu also reminded them about the rules guiding elections and election activities with restriction of movement in all the constituencies where elections would be held on that day.
The head of department, election and party monitoring department, INEC in Owerri, Victor Nwokoabia, urged the chairmen of political parties to submit the list of their polling agents, one for each party, on or before January, 18.
He advised politicians and political parties not to bring in observers except those that would be cleared from the INEC headquarters.