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Anambra: 2007 temporary voters card still valid – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that the 2007 temporary voter’s card would be accepted for today’s Anambra governorship election to answer queries on the acceptability of the voters’ register for the election.

There have been series of allegations of missing names prompting INEC to sack eight of its staff of the commission in Anambra and the discovery that names of foreigners including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Thabo Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and the pair of Jim Nwobodo and late Gani Fawehinmi, who are non indigenes of Anambra among others.

INEC Deputy Secretary, Publicity and Election Monitoring, Mr. Steve Osemeke, told journalists in Awka that the acceptance of the temporary card became imperative to correct the mistakes noticed on the voter’s register and ensure that the  1,849,254  registered voters are not disenfranchised.

“We want to ensure that genuine registered voters are not disenfranchised, that is why the 2007 temporary voter’s card would be acceptable for today’s election,” Osemeke said.

Director of Public Affairs of the Commission, Emmanuel Emenger, reacting the Justice Mohammed Liman’s Federal High Court, Lagos, ruling that INEC Board as presently constituted is incompetent to organized and conduct election in the country, said that the election would go ahead today as scheduled adding that the Commission has not received any communication to that effect.

Meanwhile the Action Congress has raised alarm over the voters register released by INEC, complaining that the names of most of the members of the party were missing on the list which was not displayed as stipulated by law but only given in CD ROMs to political parties.

Former Commissioner of Information under Dr. Chris Ngige administration and its Director of Communication for  the election, Chief Charles Amilo, told journalists that despite repeated complaints and petition to INEC, the errors on the list have not been corrected.

“We have complained and petition INEC over the irregularities noticed in the voter’s register, the commission was only giving us assurances that were not implemented. They gave us assurance again and only tomorrow (today) would show us if the errors have been corrected.

For instance, in some wards of about 15,000, we discovered that only four indigenes were in the displayed list, the rest are people that are not known to anybody; even my own name was missing on the list, so I don’t know if that has been corrected as I am speaking with you now,” Amilo said.

Also, Chairman of the Anambra Election Monitoring and Observation Board (AEMOB), Barrister Ikeazor Akaraiwe, said in Awka that the situation reflects the good, the bad and the ugly.

He said “The good is that the campaign has so far been peaceful, the bad has been that the over 23, 000 policemen deployed for the election are apparently lacking the logistice, like cars, trucks and communication gadgets to ease their works; though the DIG Operations of the Police, John Ahmadu had promised that everything would be set for the election.”


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