Elections are the cornerstone of representative governance and voting constitutes the highest and the best expression of a sovereign will of the people to choose the government that will best represent them. This 2019 general Election is not different.
According to the data published by The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC a total number of 84,0004,084 people have registered for the elections. Out of this number, about 72 million voters have collected thier PVC’s. Living about 11,228,582 million PVC’s yet to be collected. It has been gathered that this PVC’s have been deposited at the Central Bank of Nigeria for distribution after the conclusion of 2019 general elections.
We have about 120,000 polling units where Nigerians will be going to choose amongst the 73 presidential candidates (amongst whom is 6 females) and thier vice alongside those contesting for the House of Representative and Senate.
Please do not allow anyone to discourage you from casting your votes, from exercising your right. President Mohammadu Buhari had urged us all in his Twitter handle to have trust in INEC whom he believes has realized the profound and weighty duty rested upon them. He encourages us to support and encourage INEC to fulfill and honor this responsibility which it owes our country.
According to the INEC briefing this week, the electoral commission says it is fully ready and prepared to conduct the elections in a free, fair and transparent manner. Going by reports reaching us today in Rivers State. Some wards witnessed late arrival of materials for the election. As at 12 noon voting has no commensed in some polling units in Rivers State. Some other units are having minor problems with their card Readers. In Ubima,Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister for Transport and wife were rejected by card reader. However it was later fixed and they were able to cast their vote . Does this show a high level of preparedness by INEC as they claimed?
comparatively, the Independent National Electoral Commission deserves an accolade as majority of the reports reaching us from other qautres testifies to early arrival of materials and commencement of accreditation and Voting respectively .
Security Reports reaching us has it that some areas have witnessed ballot box snaching and sporadic shooting. Gokana and Akolga local Government Area are such areas affected. In Bonny, the electoral officers were allegedly said to have quarreled amongst themselves resulting to fighting and shooting. A former PDP Chieftain, A two time past Local Government Chairman, former Special Advicer to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and presently a member of APC Mr Etete, elder brother and cousin met their demise in Andoni as gun men invaded thier home and shot at them. The reason for this killing has not been ascertained.
An army officer, about two adhoc INEC staff(corp members) where shot. about10 people had been reported dead due to electoral voilence out breaks in the state.
Elections in Akukutoru and Bonny have been postponed till a later date which will be announced after due consultation has been made as said by INEC representative.
In spite of these challenges including the I6th February, sudden and unexpected postponement of the general Elections, Rivers State indigenes came out in drove to exercise their franchise. This goes a long way to say that the consciousness of people has been raised as to the need to make thier votes count. Somehow confidence on the electoral process is being restored. Rigging in Elections has been given a tough fight. Our eyes and ears are wide open. We only hope that INEC will be honest enough to publish the real results irrespective of who won. And we also hope that the parties involved would accept whatever results INEC gives out in good faith and allow peace to reign.
All I can say is LET THE WILL OF GOD BE DONE IN OUR DEAR COUNTRY NIGERIA.