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Imo PPA invites foreign observers for council polls

By Chidi Nkwopora

OWERRI — The leadership of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, Imo State, disclosed that the party had written the American Embassy, British Embassy and UNESCO, inviting them to come and examine the process Imo State Independent Electoral Commission, ISIEC, was adopting in the 7 August 2010 council election, “as well as ascertain whether we are in for a general election or fraud.”

The state chairman of the party, Prince Ford Ozurumba, who stated this in an interview, said the party was prepared to contest in the local government election.

“We want to experiment with this and we are going to ensure that the processes are genuine, constitutional and appropriate, so as to give the people the advantage of  democracy as it was meant to be,” Ozurumba said.

He described a situation where aspirants are directed to pay fees to ISIEC as “incredible”, adding that production of aspirants for elections was entirely the business of registered political parties.

“ISIEC has no business in this direction except there is a hidden agenda with my aspirants. It has not been done anywhere in the world. Our democracy is fraught with fraud, it is insincere, it is incredible and it is something that must be adequately addressed,” the Imo PPA boss said.


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