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    2019: We're fully ready for primaries - INEC assures political parties

    - INEC has expressed its readiness to conduct the forthcoming primaries slated for all registered political parties in 2019

    - Nkwachukwu Orji, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) revealed this on Friday, September 14 in Anambra

    - Orji said that INEC has put the security agencies on alert for the upcoming primaries

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it is ready for effective monitoring of the primaries of the 91 political parties.

    Nkwachukwu Orji, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Anambra, said this on Friday, September 14, in Awka at the quarterly meeting of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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    Orji said that though the number of political parties recently increased to 91, the commission had put in place measures for effective monitoring of the primaries.

    “We have put the security agencies on alert on the upcoming parties’ primaries in the state and I believe security will not be an issue during the primaries,’’ he said. Orji, however, urged members of political parties to be peaceful during the exercise.

    He also said about 100,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be collected in the state, adding that the meeting deliberated on ways to step up action for speedy collection of the cards.

    “It is disturbing that we still have this number of PVCs uncollected in spite of awareness by INEC to make the owners of these cards to pick them up,’’ he said.

    Mike Okoli, the state deputy commissioner of police operations, gave an assurance that all security measures had been put in place for primaries and the 2019 general elections.

    “Even if the INEC says that election is coming up next week, for us in the security sector, I feel we are battle ready to make sure that things work out properly,’’ he said.

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    Aremu Kehinde, the state’s Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), told NAN that the scheme was committed to the security of corps members to be used as ad hoc staff during the elections.

    Kehinde, however, said that he was pleased with the arrangement made so far for corps members, assuring voters that they would be patriotic in their conduct during the exercise.

    Meanwhile, reported that the INEC had said that it has no plan to postpone the 2019 general elections.

    Rotimi Oyekanmi, the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, made the clarification in a statement he issued in Abuja on Wednesday, September 12.

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