Reporter : CHINAZO ILECHUKWU
Fourteen of the eighteen registered political parties will be participating in the re-scheduled Imo North Senatorial District election taking place on December 5, 2020.
Addressing journalists in Owerri, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Imo State, Professor Francis Ezeonu, said more than three thousand duly trained staff would be deployed to conduct election in seven hundred and ten voting points spread across the six local government areas of Imo North senatorial district.
According to Ezeonu, the bye-election will be conducted in strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocol, noting that pharmaceutical materials, including hand sanitizers and methylated spirit have been procured for use at the voting centres.
Professor Ezeonu explained that smart card readers for the election were ready for use and urged those who wished to monitor the outcome of the exercise to sign on to INEC result portal for the real time posting of figures.
Professor Ezeonu said though INEC office at Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the state was razed by hoodlums during the #End SARS protest, steps had been taken to replace non sensitive materials and other necessary equipment that were lost during the incident.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner noted that arrangement was being concluded to ensure adequate security of lives during and after the election.