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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Anambra breaks INEC records

Anambra State has broken two records of the Independent National Electoral Commission (NEC) as the forthcoming governorship election in the state draws closer, reports ITRealms.

These records, ITRealms gathered comprised the fielding of some 37 political partners for the forthcoming governorship election slated for November 18, 2017, even without any court case on the dispute over party primaries and being a state without one of its Senatorial district currently sitting among the National Assembly since 2015.

Disclosing these during an interview session in Focus Nigeria, a programme of African Independent Television (AIT) monitored in Lagos, the National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC) at INEC, Prince Soyebi Adedeji Solomon, while responding to update in the proposed Anambra elections.

According to him, for the first time in the history of political parties in Nigeria, Anambra State governorship election has 37 political parties fielding for the exercise which entails by implication they are fielding 37 candidates.

This, he also said, entails that INEC has to print the ballot paper with all the 37 political parties well displayed and which means the ballot paper will be very long in size.

The INEC Commissioner also said that Anambra further record breaking is the fact that there is court case with regards all the primaries known to the Commission, barely 40 days to the governorship election.

In addition, Prince Soyebi Adedeji revealed that about 20 months to the expiration of the current life of this dispensation, Anambra State is the only state that has one of its Senatorial seats in contention in court.

“There are no court cases, they followed party primary guidelines,” he said.

Anambra Central, he said, is the only state without a senator sitting at the National Assembly, because of judicial pronouncement, “which is another record that Anambra is holding that barely 20 months to the end of the current tenure, INEC has not been able to conduct that Senatorial election there,” due to above reasons.

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