Friday, November 22, 2013
Anambra supplementary election to hold November 30 – Jega
INEC to announce Anambra supplementary election date today
The Independent National Electoral Commission will meet today
(Friday) to pick a date for the supplementary election of the Anambra
State governorship poll.
Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Prof.
Attahiru Jega, confirmed this in an interview withThe PUNCHon Thursday
He said, "Today (Thursday's) meeting was just a meeting where the
field staff debriefed the commission on the last election and not just
for the choice of a date for the supplementary election. The 12
national commissioners of INEC and the Chairman will meet tomorrow
(today) and it is likely that a date would be fixed for the Anambra
state governorship election."
Among the issues discussed at Thursday's marathon meeting were the
late arrival of materials, absence of voting materials and complaints
about voters not getting their names on the register and other
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra State, Prof.
Chukwuemeka Onukaogu and the Chief Returning Officer for the election,
Prof. James Epoke were among the INEC officials at the meeting.
The commission had stated that it had commenced "administrative
interrogation" of its field staff who participated in the election and
those involved in some administrative lapses.
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, could
not be reached at the time of going to press as his two lines were
switched off, despite several calls put across to him.
He had identified late arrival of materials, absence of voting
materials and complaints of voters not getting their names on the
register as areas to be given attention.
According to him, the electoral officer who was arrested in connection
with the crisis in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state
has been handed over to the police and is facing interrogation.
On the interrogation of other INEC officers apart from the Electoral
Officer who has been handed over to the police, he said, "I am not
aware of that and whoever said that, may be, got their information
from the police.
"All I know is that the electoral officer has been handed over to the police.
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