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Build On Previous Success, NOA Tells INEC

he State Director, National Orientation Agency Mr. Oliver Wolugbom has reiterated on the need for the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve on the successes recorded during the last general election in the state.

Mr. Wolugbom stated this during a courtesy visit to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Elder Aniedi A. lkoiwak who is serving the second tenure in the state.

The NOA Boss pointed out that there is need for improvement on some of the lapses observed in the previous elections. He said 2015 has already started and the polity is being heated up, and this calls for preparation ahead of time. He intimated INEC on the benefits of the freedom of Information act (FOIA) and encouraged INEC and other organizations of government to create a desk office for easy access to Information by citizens as this will assist in accountability and good governance. Few copies of the FOI was presented to INEC for a better understanding of the FOI Act. He urged Nigerians to be steadfast as the 2015 general elections require the support of all.

Responding, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Elder Ikoiwak commended NOA for the visit and for being at the forefront during enlightenment of INEC activities. He said INEC success story will not be complete without mentioning NOA. He then informed NOA that INEC has come up with strategic plan for 2015 election. The strategic plan include, the continuous registration of voters, the use of electronic card reader device that will perform double function of registration and accreditation and the creation of cluster point in all local government areas of the state to tackle the problem of late arrival of materials during elections.

He further stated that those that will not be issued with the voters card are those involved in double registration, or registered against the stipulated rules. He equally stated that following the strategic plan, blame on electoral fraud will no longer be put on INEC but on the individual in question. The commission is planning on constituency delineation, which the constitution prescribes in every ten years. He however regretted that the last delineation was done eighteen years ago, and assured NOA of her continuous collaboration, and thanked them for the visit. ####

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