Some stakeholders have called on both on federal government and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to put all necessary measures in place to ensure that the gubernatorial election scheduled for November six this year in Anambra state meets international standard.
They also called on the electoral umpire to begin revalidation of voters register early enough to allow the people ample time to update their information.
The call followed the release of Timetable by INEC for the governorship election.
Early preparation is key to the success of any planned event. This is moreso for elections because of the amount of efforts that go into them.
All stakeholders are always expected to play their roles with professionalism to ensure that outcome of every election reflects the wish of the people .
Apart from INEC, other relevant players include , security agents, Youth Corps members, party faithful, electorate, religious leaders among others.
The respondents were of the view that all these stakeholders must perform their roles in the most patriotic manner if the outcome of the poll will be reliable.
One of them, comrade Obi Ochije, stressed the need for the federal government to ensure that funds are made available to relevant agencies including INEC and Security agencies for adequate logistic arrangements before election day.
According to him,the forthcoming election in the state will serve as litmus test for the 2023 general election.
The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu said despite that the timetable is, out, INEC needs to come up with more details of the process to make way for a hitch free exercise.
For the chairman of Action Democratic Party, chief Mathias Ameke, called on the electorate to shun vote buying syndrome but rather resolve to elect credible government that would be responsible for their welfare.
Chief Ameke also called on security agencies to play their role professionally in line with the rules of engagement.
The state Publicity Secretary of the APC,Mr Okey Madukife, agreed that the National Orientation Agency, and other key stakeholders have major roles to play in sensitizing the populace on various issues related to the poll.
Contributing, the commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C- DON Adinuba explained that the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, believes the electoral umpire will conduct an election that would meet international acceptance on November sixth 2021.
In an interview, a former President of Transcorp Plc and one of the governorship aspirants in the state, Mr Valentine Ozigbo lauded INEC for early release of the timetable which he said would make room for adequate planning that will engender smooth electoral process.
The PDP aspirant however called on the judiciary to be unbiased in the discharge of their duties in the course of the electoral process.
“Considering the complexity, rancorous nature, sky-high interests involved in electioneering processes and the unique political environment of Anambra State, it is worthwhile and commendable on the part of INEC to bring the people up to speed on the Commissions electoral plans early enough.
“After all anything worth doing is worth doing well, and no excellent job is ever done in haste,” he said.
The respondents while noting that election is not a do or die affair, agreed that conducting a free , fair credible poll is a precondition for good governance and development in the area.