Anambra LG polls ’ll be free, fair —Obi Anambra LG polls ’ll be free, fair —Obi

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BY VINCENT UJUMADU

AWKA—As  Anambra State Local Government election draws nearer, Governor Peter Obi yesterday assured that only the electorate would determine the winners.

Governor Obi’s assurance came on a day embattled former chairman of Anambra State Independent National Electoral Commission, ANSIEC, Professor Titus Eze, frowned on the decision of the commission to go ahead with the election on Saturday, reminding stakeholders and candidates to bear in mind that there was a battery of pending law suits against the exercise.

The governor, who spoke at Ojoto in Idemili South Local Government Area, during the campaign for the January 11, 2014, polls, said the election would be transparent, free, fair and credible.

He enjoined supporters of his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to sustain effective and massive mobilisation of the people for the polls, insisting that the APGA-led government would not deviate from equitable distribution of democracy dividends across the state.

Gov Obi

Gov Obi

Meanwhile, embattled former chairman of Anambra State Independent National Electoral Commission, ANSIEC, Prof. Titus Eze, has frowned on the decision of the commission to go ahead with the local government election on Saturday, reminding stakeholders and candidates to bear in mind that there was a battery of pending law suits against the election.

Eze was removed by Anambra State House of Assembly over alleged financial malpractices and he subsequently went to court.

Addressing reporters in Awka, Eze also said the issue of the substantive chairman of the commission was still unresolved.

He said the legal norm was that no action would be taken to change the statusquo ante bellum as ruled by Justice Hope Ozoh of  Anambra State High Court on the matter last year, adding that the nation’s Constitution, Part 2 Section B, clearly specified that ANSIEC shall constitute of the chairman and other officers, who shall not be more than seven or less than five; whose duties shall be to advise the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on the composition of the voters’ register which is to be used for the council election.

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