ByÂ Emmanuel Aziken
Abujaâ€”Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu is bent on ensuring that the forthcoming Anambra state gubernatorial election is used to measure his character as an upright electoral umpire.
Receiving the Anambra state Action Congress (AC) gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Chris Ngige at the INEC headquarters, Iwu vowed to ensure a clean and fair election that would imprint his integrity in the minds of all Nigerians.
Iwu met with Ngige for about an hour and half,Â after formally presenting his nomination papers to run on the AC platform for the gubernatorial poll.
During the encounter, the duo exchanged pleasantries with the INEC chief restating his determination to ensure that all the participants in the election are given an equal opportunity in the election.
â€œThe INEC chairman was very frank at the meeting as he assured with all sincerity that the commission under him would ensure a level playing ground for all parties involved in the election,â€ a source present at the meeting disclosed, yesterday.
â€œIs it INEC that uses thugs to harass voters and make them stay away from the polling units during elections? Is it INEC that asked people not to run a robust campaign before the election to win peoplesâ€™ confidence? Is it INEC that help partiesâ€™ select unmarketable candidates to vie for elections when others will go for the best and win convincingly?
These are some of the salient questions the chairman threw at Ngige,Â which he could not fault INEC on,â€ the source added.
â€œHe (Ngige) saw the sincerity of the Chairman and they discussed modalities put in place by INEC to ensure a free and fair election in Anambra come February 2010, and this I can tell you, will make Nigerians have a rethink about the impartiality of INEC in the conduct of elections in this countryâ€, the source added.