Sunday, November 17, 2013

Anambra Governorship Election Woes - INEC Reschedules Election In 65 Polling Units

There's no doubt that yesterday's governorship election in Anambra State was marred by various irregularities Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced yesterday evening that it has rescheduled voting in 65 wards in the town of Obosi to today Sunday.

Obosi is in Idemili North local government area of the state till tomorrow (Sunday). The Resident
Electoral Commissioner for Anambra,
Chukwuemeka Onukogu, made this known in a statement released to journalists in Awka, the Anambra State capital. Mr. Onukogu, a retired professor, said the rescheduled election will hold tomorrow at the Obosi registration area, ward 07 between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. “We are sorry for any inconveniences experienced,” said the INEC official.

He also urged the supporters of all political parties to get prepared for the rescheduled polls ahead of tomorrow and ensure that peace prevails.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that more an overwhelming majority of the more than 600 registered voters in the affected area were unable to vote today as fewer than 100 potential voters found their names on the voters list. In addition, voting in the area was marred by the absence of voting materials, including incomplete voters' registers and absent result sheets.

Earlier yesterday, many of the voters had defied the scorching sun to gather at polling booths, but were unable to vote because their names could not be
found in the voting registers.

Meanwhile, Major contenders in the Anambra Governorship election
including Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah of Labour Party, Senator Chris Ngige of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Tony Nwonye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday expressed worries at the alleged deliberate plans by Independent National Electoral Comission (INEC) to disenfranchise their supporters from exercising their franchise.

While Ngige alleged that electoral materials were not made available at some of his major strongholds in Awka South, Idemili North and Idemili South councils, Ubah on his part alleged that material did not arrive early in some parts of Nnewi North councils.

Also, Nwoye could not take part in the exercise as he could not find his name in the voter’s register at his Nsugbe Ward 1 polling booth in Anambra East Local Government Area.

Nwonye's parents were not spared as they could not also vote just as he alleged that over 30 percent of his supporters were disenfranchised as they could not trace their names in the register.

INEC officials on ground could not give reasons for the omission of their names even when they were all carrying valid voters card.

Nwoye alleged that who spoke to reporters said the rigging of the election was pre-planned and the style adopted by APGA in connivance with INEC was to remove people’s name from the voter’s register especially in areas where APGA lacked support.

Nwoye said the same list that was used to disenfranchise him and his parents was the same list that we used in voting in the last election and wondered how this time around over 30 percent of the registered names were missing.

He said he tried to communicate to the INEC boss Prof Attahiru Jega but he was incommunicado. “Unlike during the time of Iwu when I was the PDP
chairman in the state, you get him with just one dial,” he said.

Nwoye said as at now, the only option for him is to resign himself to fate until the results of the elections were released.

But he expressed optimism that despite the plot to disenfranachise him and his supporters in his hometown,he would still emerge victorious.

Ubah on his part expressed concern at what he called the deliberate plan to prevent his supporters from taking part in the exercise, noting that where's there were 671 registered voters in Nnewinchi ward 2 polling units, only 71 voters were provided for in the register available.

"How can you disenfranchise over 600 voters in that unit. The same situation is happening in most of the polling units around here," he said after being accredited in his unit.


  1. Jega has started again oooooo dey can't deny APGA sha

  2. Nigeria should let things go straight

  3. You are talking sense with your post over here.


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