- INEC has adjusted the voting timeline of the supplementary election in Ihiala local government area
- The decision was made in line with extant rules and regulations of the commission regarding the Anambra governorship election
- The election was declared inconclusive on Saturday, November 6 by the state collation officer, Professor Florence Obi
Awka - Following the suspension of collation of results in respect of the 2021 Anambra state governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the electoral body in line with extant rules and regulations has made a slight adjustment to the commencement and closing time for the exercise.
INEC had announced on Saturday, November 7 through the state collation/returning officer, Professor Florence Obi, the decision of the commission to hold election in Ihiala local government area on Tuesday, November 9.
Accordingly, polling in respect of the supplementary election for Ihiala local government area will commence tomorrow at 10 am and end at 4. pm.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by INEC's national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee noted that:
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“This decision, which will be strictly complied with, has been taken following a careful review of the prevailing situation in Anambra state and is being widely shared with the stakeholders including security agencies.
“We urge political parties, voters, election duty officials, election observers, the media, and the general public to note this slight modification. We also appeal to citizens to conduct themselves in an orderly manner to ensure that the election is brought to a peaceful conclusion.”
Anambra Governorship Election: Why Winner Was Not Declared by INEC
Despite the fact that Chukwuma Soludo, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), secured the majority of the votes cast in Saturday’s Anambra governorship election, INEC suspended the collation of results and declared it inconclusive.
Results after 20 local government areas declared shows a smaller margin of lead, relative to the number of outstanding votes from one outstanding local government area.
While Soludo leads his closest challenger, Valentine Ozigbo, with over 50,000 votes, Ihiala local government area alone has over 148,000 registered voters.
Oil Mogul Abig Nwankwo Drums Support for Soludo Ahead of Anambra Supplementary Poll
Meanwhile, Ichie Chimezie Kenney Nwankwo has called on aggrieved members of APGA in Ward 2, Ihiala local government area of Anambra, to settle their differences.
Nwankwo, who is a chieftain of the party, said members of the party need to come together to ensure that the governorship candidate coasts home to victory on Tuesday, November 9.
He called on APGA members and other political parties in his ward and the local government at large to support Soludo so as to take the state to the next level.