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Obi, Assembly biker over ANSIEC composition

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—CONTROVERSY has trailed Governor Peter Obi’s nomination of seven persons as chairman and members of the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC).

This is coming, as the State House of Assembly, yesterday  returned the list of nominees to the executive over allegation that the letter forwarded to the House stayed 26 days in transit.

Obi had in the letter dated October 21, 2009, named Professor Titus Eze as chairman of ANSIEC, with Rev Canon  Enwonwu, Rev Monsignor Maduka, Joseph Uko, Kingley Onyeka, Sylvester Okonkwo and Mrs Patience Nnaemezie as members and urged the House to confirm their appointment.

The nominees are to replace the former members of the Commission led by Chief Cornel Umeh, whose tenure expired in June this year. Citing relevant sections of the constitution, Obi said the nomination became necessary to enable the commission  carry out its constitutional duty of conducting local government elections in the state.

But as the Clerk of the House read the Governor’s letter, the Speaker, Chief Anayo Nnebe called for comments. Mr. Emeka Iduu representing Onitsha North constituency, said that the House would like to know why the letter dated October 21, 2009 had just been received in the House.


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