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INEC, Police assure on Anambra guber election

By Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and the police have assured that a level playing ground would be provided the 25 candidates jostling for Anambra State governorship seat in the election slated for February 6, 2010.

The two agencies made the promise when the Nigerian Medical Association(NMA) in the state, led by its chairman visited their offices in Awka, separately.

Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Chief Rowland Uwa, who spoke during the NMA visit,  said the Commission would provide a level playing ground for all the candidates participating in the 2010 governorship poll.

He said INEC will conduct a credible, free and fair election, but appealed to politicians to play the game according to the rules.

“This is the time history will vindicate me and Chief Maurice Iwu, come the 2010 governorship election in Anambra State. We are going to do better than Ghana in the election. There is nothing spectacular about Anambra,” he boasted.

He said the Commission had reviewed the 2003 and the 2007 elections and its problems to be able to plug the loopholes that were inherent in those polls, advising political parties and candidates to help INEC  to conduct a credible election by being honest.

“We had gone into capacity building and we have engaged NYSC members to ensure honesty and transparency in the election. The days are gone when results were said to be written. We have introduced customized ballot boxes to prevent rigging.”

The Police Commissioner, Mr Philemon Leha said though the police were handicapped because they are not allowed to carry arms during elections,  a strategy had been evolved to ensure that the election was not only free from violence but from all forms of electoral fraud.


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