BY ENYIM ENYIM
The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for Aguata federal constituency in the last National Assembly poll, Mr Chike Anyaonu, has petitioned the Resident Electoral Commission in Anambra State, Prof.Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, over the cancellation of results of 10 wards by the Chief Returning Officer, Dr. Alex Asigbo, five days after.

Dr. Asigbo had earlier declared the results of the area based on alleged irregularities in just two wards.

The 10 wards allegedly cancelled by Asigbo are Isuofia Amaesi, Akpo, Umuchu , Umuchu 2, Uga 1, Uga 2, Igboukwu, Achina and Ezinifite.

In the petition made available to Vanguard, Anyaonu said the action of the chief returning officer   smacked of  incompetence and bias.

According to  him, the chief returning officer had declared that the Aguata federal constituency was inconclusive because of irregularities in Igboukwu ward 1 and Umuchu ward 1, only to make volte face after five days to say that 10 wards, instead of the earlier two, had also been cancelled.

He wondered why Asigbo had to announce the result in 18 of the 20 wards of the area if there were issues of manipulations, mutilations of results, multiple voting, invasion of collation centres by thugs, beating of INEC adhoc staff, snatching of result sheets from returning officers as he alleged.

Anyaonu said the Electoral Act 2006, provided that once a returning officer declared results of an election, it was final except decided otherwise by the tribunal or court.

Precisely, section 69 of the Electoral Act 2006 states that. the decision of the Returning Officer on any question arising from or relating to unmarked ballot paper, rejected ballot paper, and declaration of scores of candidates and the return of a candidate, shall be final subject to review by a tribunal or court in an election petition proceedings under this Act.

Describing the proposed cancellation as unimaginable and height of fraud urged the commission to not only discountenance Asigbos suggestion but to properly investigate the matter and come out with the truth.

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