Published On: Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013

Anambra Supplementary Poll: INEC May Pick Date Today

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 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled a meeting for today where the commission would arrive at a new date for the conduct of the supplementary governorship election in Anambra State.
Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu told reporters that
the meeting would allow the commission top hierarchy to hear firsthand from field officers to enable it decide on the next line of action.
INEC Returning Officer in the election, Mr. James Okueke, who released results for the 21 councils of the state, said the front runner and candidate of the  All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Willy Obiano could not be pronounced outright winner as the margin between him the first runner-up, Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was less than the total number of registered voters in the areas where voting never took place on Saturday.

M. Idowu said today’s meeting of the INEC high command would pick a date for the supplementary poll.

“For now, there is nothing the media needs to know about the meeting between the leadership of INEC and its field officers. You are aware that there have been a lot of issues being raised from all quarters whether genuine or not,” he said.

Adding: “What I can tell you about the meeting is that the leadership, as usual needed to meet with its field officers and debrief them on the situation, there is nothing strange about it.

On the date for the poll, he said, “that is the issue that will be discussed tomorrow(today) when the leadership of INEC meets. Hopefully, barring unforeseen circumstances, at the meeting, a date for the supplementary election in Anambra state will be disclosed to the public”, he said.

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