The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has commended the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its level of
preparedness ahead of the Saturday, November 18, 2017, governorship
election in Anambra State.
The umbrella body of all registered political parties and political
associations in the country warned all stakeholders in the election
against manipulation of the process to thwart the wish of the people of
In a statement signed by the Conference’s Secretary General, Chief Willy
Ezugwu and issued in Abuja on Thursday, the CNPP urged civil society
groups and other accredited election monitors in the state, including
security agencies, to be on guard and ensure that any form of electoral
fraud was nipped in the bud.
“We are happy with INEC so far from our the assessment of the level of
preparedness of the Commission and we urge stakeholders and security
agencies to ensure fairness and maintain level playing ground as the
people of Anambra go to polls on Saturday.
“All accredited election monitors and the civil society groups must be
alive to their civic responsibility at this time to ensure that the
popular wish of Anambrarians prevail after the polls.
“It will be in the interest of democracy and good governance if the
stakeholders ensure strict adherence to the rules of the game and upholde
the Electoral Act as the outcome of this election will determine the level
of confidence of Nigerian ahead of the 2019 general election.
“Therefore, we impulse Anambra people to shun any form of violence and
report anything that could lead to a breakdown of law and order to INEC
and security agencies.
“We also urge the electorate to troop out in their number to vote the
candidate of their choice to enthrone good governance and ameliorate the
hardship being faced by Anambrarians.
“Your vote is your voice; it is time to speak with your thumb to determine
the future of Anambra State. So, vote and not fight”, the CNPP counselled.