Nnamani gets kudos from INEC boss
April 20, 2006

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, has commended the Enugu State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, for the enormous infrastructural development that has taken place in the state under his administration.

Professor Iwu gave the commendation when he led a team of Resident Electoral Commissioners from different states of the federation on a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House, Enugu.

According to Professor Iwu, "being somebody of academic background, I am really delighted on your focus on the ESUT Medical School and the new impetus on the permanent site of the State University of Science and Technology because knowledge, they say, is power."

He congratulated the governor for the good works he was doing in the state to better the lots of the people and urged him not to relent.

The INEC Chairman opined that with the level of development going on in the state, a better platform would be created for the people to be able to go to the polls and vote so that democracy would have another successful transition and continued growth.

Professor Iwu used the occasion to inform the governor that he was in the state to flag off the Stakeholders Election Forum and also tell the people what INEC intended to do in readiness for the 2007 elections.

According to him, INEC was fully aware of its responsibility in managing the electoral process. He stated that after a thorough homework and careful study of all the logistics requirements, INEC was now very ready to start off the revalidation of the existing voters register by next week beginning with the Federal Capital Territory as pilot area.

The INEC boss disclosed that the exercise would be a continuous one including registration at local government levels until such a time when it will stop to enable them compile the list for publication.

According to him, the current voters card with an embossed photograph of the voter (owner) and will be prepared in such a way that it will be very difficult to forge, adding that adequate arrangements had been made to conduct a hitch free election in the country come 2007.

In his speech, Governor Nnamani acknowledged the excellent role of the INEC chairman in the areas of education and social life of the state, adding that through his efforts, Prof. Iwu had brought INEC to a certain level of awareness and enlightenment.

He said: “Professor Iwu has brought INEC, an organization that otherwise appeared somewhat removed from basic reality, down to a level where may Nigerian can now understand that body.”

He added that INEC was now part of the system rather than participating in a democratic carnival which occurs once in four years.

Governor Nnamani therefore praised Professor Iwu for the role INEC was playing to nurture democracy and expressed the hope that with all the arrangements put in place he would conduct a very successful free and fair election in the country in 2007 so that democracy can endure.

He noted with satisfaction that Enugu was chosen to host the Stakeholders Forum, pointing out that since it was stakeholder-driven, the outcome would be easy assimilate. The governor pledged to assist the INEC boss to achieve his goal for the people and the nation.


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