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Anambra guber polls, litmus test for INEC — Azikiwe

Nsukka—The Owelle of Onitsha, Mr Chukwuma Azikiwe, said yesterday  that the 2010 governorship election in Anambra State would determine INEC’s ability to conduct a free and fair general elections in 2011.

Azikwe, who is the first son of late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, told newsmen in Nsukka, Enugu State,  that the ability of INEC to conduct a credible election in Anambra would give Nigerians hope for the 2011 elections.

“The government much-talked-about electoral reform will be put to test during the governorship election in Anambra,” he said.

He urged the Federal Government to ensure full implementation of the Justice Muhammed Uwais-led  electoral reform committee’s report as a step to reducing electoral malpractice.

He noted that “some Nigerians have lost hope in the electoral system because of past elections that were characterised by rigging and other forms of electoral fraud.”

The Owelle advised the people of Anambra to cast their votes wisely to elect a patriot that would work for the development of the state.


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