Electoral body in Nigeria conducts re-run election in Abia State

Cyril Okonkwo

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is conducting re-run elections in parts of Abia State in Eastern Nigeria on Saturday.

Results of elections in the affected areas in the 2015 general elections were nullified by the court, which ordered that re-run elections be conducted.
Adequate preparations
The Abia State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Sylvester Ezeani, who met with heads of security agencies and representatives of political parties as part of preparations for the re-run elections, said adequate preparations were made for its smooth conduct.
He said sensitive and non-sensitive materials were received from the commissions’ headquarters and distributed to the affected constituencies.
Mr. Ezeani also said officials who would work in the election have been trained for the exercise.
On the use of the electronic card reader at the re-run election, he said: “You must have your Permanent Voter Cards, PVC, and go through the card reader. It is when the PVC is not authenticated that’s when you fill the incident report.”
Affected constituencies
The Resident Electoral Commissioner listed the constituencies in which Saturday’s re-run elections would take place to include Abia North Senatorial district, Aba North, Arochukwu, and Ikwuano state constituencies.
Others are Isiala Ngwa South, Osisoma, Umuahia South and Umunneochi state constituencies.

Policemen deployed
The Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Mr Habilla Joshak, said 4,000 policemen have been deployed to the affected constituencies to maintain peace and order and to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections.
Mr Joshak advised candidates, political parties and voters to work towards a smooth conduct of the re-run.
Parties pledge peace
In his remarks, the Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Abia State, Mr. Augustine Ehimere, expressed hope that INEC would conduct the re-run creditably well.
“By the body language of the new REC, he appears prepared to remedy electoral fraud in Abia State,” Ehimere said.
His counterparts in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Emma Nwaka and Donatus Nwankpa, respectively spoke in the same vein, promising to abide by the procedures in the election.
All the political parties that took part in the 2015 general elections in the affected areas are contesting in the re-run except in the Aba North state constituency where the APGA and its candidate have been excluded following the pronouncement of the court.