Low turnout of voters in Anambra senatorial election

Low turnout of voters in Anambra senatorial election

The Anambra central senatorial rerun Saturday registered poor turnout in all the seven local government areas of Anambra state involved.

Ngige threatened, yesterday, to sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for deliberately listing his name with a view to humiliating him.

He accused INEC of working for the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to emerge unopposed.

INEC had therefore asked the court to set aside its consent judgment so as to enable it conduct the rerun election in the said Senatorial District, as ordered by the Appeal Court.

The minister said he had, in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, informed INEC of his withdrawal from the rerun election on the 13th of January, 2016 when the election was originally scheduled for March 2016.

'My party, the APC, accepted and promptly wrote INEC for my substitution.

Mr. Tsoho held that the actions of the respondent counsel in the suit, namely the Peoples Democratic Party, which resulted in the December judgement was questionable given the Appeal Court judgement which ordered a re-election without the inclusion of the party.

In Agulu, the Agulu Lake Migrant School polling unit was desolate, with only polling officers seen in the square.

One of the INEC staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, said the officials would remain at the centre until the end of the exercise.

However, Umeh the APGA candidate voted at 11:14 am at ward 2, unit 6 Aguluzigbo, Anoacha Council Area and pledged to do the best if voted to the Senate, he then expressed satisfaction.

An elder of the community said, "we have to come out to support our son".

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday dismissed a motion seeking to restrain INEC from conducting the re-run election into the Anambra Central Senatorial District.

In Amawbia ward three in Awka South Local Government Area, the National Chairman of APGA, Victor Oye while casting his vote commended INEC, adding that the commission has performed above average and conclusively has become what an electoral umpire should be globally.

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