As Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Councils election draws closer, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) is organizing a Stakeholders Meeting to ensure a hitch-free exercise in all the six Area Councils.
The NOA team was at Kwali Area Council of the FCT in its sustained efforts to bring relevant stakeholders together to deliberate on issues concerning the forthcoming election. This effort is aimed at preventing an election tainted by violence or any other form of election malpractice that may affect the overall integrity of the process.
Delivering an opening address, the Chairman Kwali Area Council, Hon. Danladi Chiya commended the NOA for this initiative while appealing for peaceful conduct on the part of stakeholders during the election. He was represented by the Director Admin, Attahiru Ibrahim.
Rep of INEC Electoral Officer in Kwali, Michael Agada assured FCT residents and stakeholders that the umpire is ready to conduct the Area Council Election free from hitch and malpractices. Agada also explained Biometric Verification Accreditation System (BVAS) as an innovation capable of delivering an acceptable and credible elections. He said the system is aimed at eliminating multiple registrations.
Representative of HRH Etsu of Kwali, Chief Victor Obashana appealed to stakeholders especially the politicians that the election is not a do or die affair. He asked stakeholders to eschew violent conducts before, during and after election.
Rep of the Director-General of NOA, Ag. Director, Political, Civic, Ethics and Values (PCEV), Edozie Ajaegbu thanked the stakeholders for taking out time for this important roundtable meeting aimed at ensuring peaceful, credible, free and fair election in the FCT.The event was attended by security agencies, political parties representatives, NYSC representative, Kwali Women leader, Youth organizations, traditional rulers and othe stakeholders.
Interactive session during the programme afforded participants to deliberate on various issues concerning electoral process.