The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Friday announced that the proposed Anambra supplementary election will hold on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
The date was announced by Professor Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of the commission who spoke after the commission’s meeting over the governorship election held on the 16th and 17th of November but was eventually declared “inconclusive”.
Professor Jega disclosed that INEC did all it could to make sure the election was free and fair. He dismissed calls for outright cancellation of the election, stating that INEC was yet to receive substantive evidence from any political party that could warrant the cancellation of the polls.
Jega said “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.”
While assuring that the supplementary election would be better managed, the Chairman also added that Mr Chukwujekwu Okeke, the Electoral Officer who is said to be in the police net after allegations of compromise of the polls in Idemili North Local Government will be prosecuted.