The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the deployment of election materials and Ad-hoc staff from the Ihiala Local Government Secretariat in Anambra State, to the various polling units where a supplementary election is expected to hold today.
The decision to have the supplementary election in the local government followed the suspension of collation of results in the governorship election as announced on Monday by the State Collation/Returning Officer.
While results were collated from 20 out of 21 local government areas, the process was suspended as election could not hold in Ihiala LGA due to violence.
“Given the foregoing, it becomes imperative to bring Ihiala Local Government Area at par with the other 20 local government areas in this election before we can make a valid declaration in this election or take any further action based on the extant laws,” INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Florence Obi, said.
Results were announced for all other LGAs with the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Charles Soludo, winning in 18 of the 20 LGAs.
Here’s a breakdown of the results announced so far before collation was suspended:
|Total Valid Votes||229,521|
|Total Rejected Votes||7,841|
|Total Votes Cast||237,362|
Ihiala has the 7th highest voting population in Anambra with 148,407 registered voters.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, had announced on Monday that the supplementary election will hold from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm today.
The election is, however, yet to commence as materials and personnel are still being deployed.
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ALERT: Collation of Results of the Anambra State Governorship Election is expected to commence at 9:00 pm at the collation center, along the House of Assembly Road, Awka, after supplementary elections were concluded in Ihiala local government.
16:04 pm: Voting has ended in most Polling Units as sorting and counting commence.
14:27 pm: Gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Akachukwu Nwankpo votes at Umudiapani Polling Unit 004, Okija 1.
12:50 pm: Accreditation and voting have commenced.
10: 17 am: Deployment of Ad-hoc Staff and materials by INEC from the local government to polling units commences amid heavy security presence.
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