Anambra Guber: Jega Promises Better Election As Units Open

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, has promised a better voting exercise as polling units open for the accreditation of voters for a supplementary election which holds today, in parts of Anambra state.

He also promised that the wrong of the first poll which held on November 16 will be corrected this time around.

The election is being conducted in Idemili North and Onitsha south local government areas, where the exercise according to INEC was bungled on the 16th of November .

The Nigerian Police has also assured of its readiness to ensure a peaceful election as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, promised that the security arrangements made during the November the 16th poll are still in place.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, who is covering the supplementary election in Idemili North reported reported that there is heavy presence of security by members of the army, police and State Security Service (SSS).

However, “the atmosphere is peaceful and calm,” he said.

He also reported ttraffic jam in some areas owing to the roadblocks put up by security agents but residents in the areas where election will hold have been moving around and going about their normal daily affairs.

INEC has also arranged for senior officers of the commission in other states to assist in today’s supplementary election.

The resident electoral commissioners in charge of Ondo and Ekiti states said that INEC is prepared to conduct a hitch free poll.

IG Assures Of Adequate Security Ahead of Anambra Supplementary Elections

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has assured the public of adequate provision of security for the Anambra supplementary election billed to hold on Saturday.

Abubakar, who said this in a statement signed by the Force Deputy Spokesperson, Frank Mba after a strategic security meeting of the force management team, noted that the force was ready to ensure security in and around Anambra state for the elections.

He reassured citizens that earlier security arrangements for the 16th November governorship election are still in place, promising that the force will continue to maintain its optimal presence in the state until the successful conclusion of the election.

He also charged the personnel of the force and other security agencies to remain steadfast, focused and neutral, urging them to exhibit the highest level of professionalism in the course of discharging their duties both during and after the period of the elections in the state.

 

Anambra Poll: Ngige, Nwoye, Ubah Reject Supplementary Election

Three principal candidates in the November 16 Anambra elections have rejected the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s decision to go ahead with a supplementary election in the state.

Mr Ifeanyi Ubah of the Labour Party, Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Tony Nwoye jointly condemned the INEC chairman’s pronouncement and insisted that they will not participate, as they are set to boycott the supplementary elections.

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, after a meeting of the commission on Friday, addressed journalists and announced Saturday, November 30 as the date for the Anambra supplementary election.

The INEC Chairman cited the inability of the political parties to provide substantial evidence to support outright cancellation of the process as a validation for the refusal of the commission to cancel the entire election.

In a swift reaction to Professor Jega’s claims, the candidates told Channels Television correspondent, Lanre Lasisi, that they have provided sufficient evidence to convince INEC that the entire exercise was a sham.

“As far as we are concerned, we have rejected the supplementary election fixed for 30 November, and we are not part of it. We advise the Independent National Electoral Commission to save the resources for that election, but they can go ahead and announce the APGA candidate as winner of the election, we will be more comfortable with that.” Dr Chris Ngige said.

 

Anambra Poll: INEC Announces November 30 For Supplementary Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has finally announced that the proposed Anambra supplementary election will hold on Saturday, November 30, 2013.

Chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega said this at the commission headquarters in Abuja on Friday, after the commission’s meeting over the inconclusive governorship election held on November 16 and 17, 2013.

Professor Jega said that INEC regrets the challenges faced in the polls, but explained that the commission did all it could to make sure the election was free and fair. He however dismissed calls for outright cancellation, as he said INEC was yet to receive substantive evidence from any political party on reasons why the polls should be cancelled.

“We have examined all the accusations and allegations that have been made, and we’ve come to the conclusion that in spite of minor challenges, unfortunate challenges in the field, there is no substantial evidence to support outright cancellation of the process.”

“There is no other decision that we can make as a commission other than that of the Returning Officer, to conduct the supplementary election in those areas where the results were cancelled before the final return is made.”

He added in his response to Journalists that the All Progressives Congress, APC’s petition to the INEC has not added any new information different from those already expressed by its candidate in the election, Dr Chris Ngige. He stressed that they have not provided any evidence to warrant outright cancellation of the election.

Still reacting to questions from Journalists, Professor Jega also denied hiding the identity of its Electoral Officer, Mr Chukwujekwu Okeke, who is said to be in the police net after allegations of compromise of the polls in Idemili North Local Government. He assured that Mr Okeke would be charged to court, as INEC will not protect any of its staff found defective.

He added that elections conducted in Idemili North Local Government on Sunday November 17 due to delays on the scheduled election day was conducted on the recommendation of stakeholders in the community and in agreement with a large number of the voters, and as such the INEC cannot be held responsible for the political parties that decided to boycott it.

He assured that the November 30 supplementary election will be better managed.