Breaking: INEC Declares Anambra Gov. election Inconclusive, To organize supplementary pollsAnambra Election, Featured, Ignatius Okpara Monday, November 18th, 2013
Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has declared last Saturday’s Anambra state governorship election inconclusive.
Announcing this in the early hours of Monday, the chief returning officer for the election and Vice chancellor, University of Calabar, professor James Epoka, explained that the electoral body took the decision because the margin between the leading candidate in the polls, Wille Obiano, of All progressive Grand Alliance APGA, and runners- up,Tony Nwoye of PDP were not up to the expected votes in the trouble areas were election did not hold as stipulated by the electoral act.
Besides, INEC stated that because the number of polling units were election did not take place were much, it cannot return the leading candidate or declare him winner as stipulated by the electoral law.
To this end, Professor Epoka, said the electoral body, would arrange for a yet to be fixed date for supplementary elections in the troubled areas.
Meanwhile, the results released so far by INEC indicates that the APGA candidate, Obiano, polled a total of 174, 710, followed by the PDP candidate, Nwoye who garnered 94,956 votes.
Dr. Chris Ngige of All progress Congress APC,clinched the 3rd position with 92,300, while the Labour party flag bearer, Ifeanyi Ubah, recorded 37,446 votes.
INEC listed some of the troubled areas to include Anambra east, Ekwusigo, Orumba, Aguata, Idemili North and south, Oyi, among others.
Reacting to the development, National chairman of APGA, chief Victor Umeh, who kept vigil at the INEC office, said they are not worried with the development, expressing optimism that APGA, would still have the day whenever the election is concluded.
According to Umeh,”APGA, is not worried with this development, because the people of Anambra state voted massively for our party” he declared.
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