By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA – A group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law has petitioned President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua over what it described as alleged decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to keep the people of the state in the dark over its preparations for the 2010 governorship election in the state.
Chairman of the group, Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi, in the petition argued that all the necessary steps required to be taken by INEC to ensure the conduct of a transparent, participatory, free and fair election, have not been taken by the electoral body and urged the president to call the commission to order.
According to the group based in Anambra state, â€œthe government and people of Anambra state and other stakeholders were yet to know the number of electoral wards and polling booths to be used for the said election, as well as their designations or locations.”
â€œThis is one of the fundamental strategies adopted by the Commission to rig the said election. The Commission does this by creating flying electoral wards/polling booths, whereby their existence and locations are known to the Commission only, and from which tens of thousands of fictitious votes are to be manufactured and credited to its favoured candidate(s).