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TMG rejects calls for total cancellation of Anambra poll

Anambra -The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) said on Sunday that it would not subscribe to total cancellation of the Anambra Governorship Election.

The TMG is one of the observer groups that monitored the election held on Saturday across the state.

The TMG Chairman, Malam Zikirulahi Ibrahim, was reacting to the problem in Idemili North where the election did not hold on Saturday and was rescheduled for Sunday.

In a telephone Interview, Ibrahim said that in spite of the problem, INEC performed well in some other areas where elections held.

“From our observation, we know the commission tried, but we also know areas where elections need to be repeated.

“We, however, believe that INEC could have done better by holding the re-scheduled election on a working day instead of a Sunday, considering the religious belief of the people of the area.

“Our concern is that anything worth doing is worth doing well.”

Ibrahim advised INEC to let the entire World see that the issues arising from the Anambra poll were appropriately addressed.

“About the INEC Official, he must be seen to be punished, if INEC truly wants to retain its  integrity,” he said.

Commenting on the problem in Idemili North, INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega, in a television interview in Abuja on Sunday, said that the INEC Official in charge of Idemili North “messed up’’ the commission’s arrangement for the election in the area.

Jega said that the incident did not warrant a total cancellation of the election.

He, however, said that the matter had been handed over to the police for investigation.

NAN  reports that the rescheduled election is currently ongoing in the affected polling units in the area.

INEC announced on Saturday night rescheduled election in 65 wards in Obosi, Idemili Local Government Area.  (NAN


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