Despite the spate of arson and destruction of property belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Yakubu Mahmoud has promised Nigerians that the Governorship election in Anambra will hold in 2022. The Anambra governorship election is billed to hold on November 6, 2021, but the South-East has been a hotbed of insecurity with gunmen attacking police facilities, burning INEC buildings, and destroying electoral materials. Mahmoud, who was represented by the National Commissioner of the commission, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola gave the assurance in his remark at the opening of the National Retreat On The Validation Of The Draft INEC 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (SP) And Strategic Programme Of Action (SPA) held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. Mahmoud noted that the commission is committed to discharging its statutory responsibilities of improving and sustaining democracy in the country.
“Part of what we discussed is what is happening to our local offices, so it is our desire to incorporate all these issues with our strategic plan.
“For INEC, it won’t be a difficult thing to plan for the Anambra election. We have had similar incidents in the past, for example in Ondo State where some card readers were burnt, we were able to make amends and we conducted that election without any hitch,” he said.
“As for Anambra, I can assure you that we will conduct that election without any problem.”
“Anytime the electoral act is amended, we will also incorporate it into our strategic plan because the strategic plan is for 2022 to 2026. We still have one that is ongoing and it will expire by the end of 2021”.
Asked how the strategic plan deals with the violence attacks faced by the commission, he said; “We hope is not something that would be on a continuous basis, we have our own risk management procedure and that is the only way we can deal with the issue because we have always envisaged that before the election, there is a pack of violence perpetrated, but these ones are on a scale disturbing to the commission but we will appropriate into the strategic plan.
“We thank God that it’s happening now, so it gives us ample opportunity to prepare for the Anambra elections.