The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured the Abia State chapter of the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) of its support.
The organisation got the nod of support Friday when its Abia State chapter paid a courtesy and advocacy visit to INECs Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Abia State – Prof. Ike Uzochukwu – in Umuahia.
Uzochukwu described POCACOV as an association worthy of partnering with in light of the forthcoming general election in Nigeria.
The REC added that a partnership with POCACOV was necessary given the need to curb vices such as drug abuse, which he said was a major cause of electoral violence.
Stressing the need to dissuade the youth from electoral violence, which he highlighted as a major cause for election cancellation alongside over-voting, Uzochukwu assured POCACOV of his unwavering support.
Earlier, the Chairman of POCACOV, Abia State, Adanma Odefa Wachuku, harped on the need for multi-stakeholder partnership against cultism and other vices to ensure hitch-free elections.
She reiterated the importance of sensitizing young people on technologies to be deployed in the forthcoming elections, such as the Biomodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which she said was aimed at eliminating electoral malpractice.
The Abia POCACOV Chairman was accompanied on the visit by the Vice-Chairman, Sampson Eze; the Programme Secretary, Buchi Ogbonna; the Financial Secretary, Chikwe Okoronkwo, and the Public Relations Officer of the organization, Chinedu Richard Ononiwu.
The president of the Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike – Akiebie Bennett Uranta – was also in the delegation.