Stakeholders Hail Anambra Central Senatorial Re-run Election As Free, Fair and Credible

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Anambra Central Senatorial Election has been described as peaceful and well organised by some stakeholders who spoke to the ABS reporters Ogochukwu Oranu and Emengini Osadebe who monitored the election at Idemili North and South as well as Dunukofia.

Those who spoke include Chief Felix Obunadike, Nnabuike Ibegbu,Sunday Nweke commended the peaceful conduct of the election despite low turnout of people.

Mr.Eyeleso Tope, Resident Electoral Officer for Idemili North said they distributed all the electoral materials in time and few hitches like transportation and faulty card reader were rectified.

Comrade Don Onyenji who spoke to ABS at St, John the Baptist Catholic Church Akwu Ukwu expressed joy that Anambra Central will now have representative at the Senate after almost three years of court litigations.

He regretted the delayed judgment and lost the zone suffered and called for wisdom on the side of politicians and also urged the judiciary to work towards quick dispensation of justice necessary for democracy to thrive.
Meanwhile, the Anambra Central Senatorial District Rerun has been rated high as credible, free and fair by different Stakeholders.

Voting commenced in most polling units between Eight and Nine O'clock and counting followed immediately at exactly Two O'clock in the afternoon within Awka South and North Local Government Areas with the process recording a peaceful process.

The Traditional Ruler of Amanuke in Awka North Local Government Area, Igwe Alphonsus Ezebuilo who spoke to the ABS at Union Primary School Amanuke after performing his civic responsibility gave the Independent National Electoral Commission a pass mark stating that they have greatly improved with the process since the last election that held on November 18th.
Similarly, the Chairman of Anambra State Housing Corporation, Chief Godson Ezenagu and another community leader in Mgbakwu, Barrister Ekemezie Obidigwe also commended the exercise stating that peaceful election is being instituted with great speed in the State while a community Stakeholder at Urum, a community also in Awka North, Mr John Arinze expressed happiness with the process and stated that the low turnout may be as a result of low enlightenment.
However, the President General of Mgbakwu, Chief Nweze Okafor complained that the card readers in his polling unit found it difficult to read the finger prints causing a delay in the process.
Correspondent, David Okpokwasili observed that there was partial observation of the closure of markets in most communities as businesses were fully on at Nkwo Market, Mgbakwu.
In a similar development accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously at polling units at Aguluzoigbo Civic Center, Anaocha Local Government Area.
Political Correspondent, Chukwuemeka Modilim reports that the exercise started at 8am with massive turn out of eligible voters.

Voting took place successfully amidst tight security without any form of molestation or victimization of the electorate.

Speaking to the ABS after voting at polling unit zero –one- seven, Aguluzoigbo, APGA candidate for the Anambra Central Senatorial District re-run election, Chief Victor Umeh expressed satisfaction with the impressive turn out of the electorate, saying they have demonstrated their acceptance of the re-run poll by participating in the exercise.

Chief Umeh commended INEC for obeying the Appeal Court order on Anambra Central Senatorial District by conducting the election.
Chief Umeh also monitored the exercise at Ebenesii village hall, polling unit zero- zero – six ,Igweamaka Primary School, zero –one- five ,Uffa Village Hall zero-one-one, Iruowele Village hall where voting went on peacefully.

Still on the re-run election, voting at Mgbuwa village hall Akwaeze, also in Anaocha Council Area commenced around half past eight o’clock in the morning .

The election was also peaceful at Mgbemena Hall and Tax Office polling booths Neni as voters were seen at the polling units to cast their vote.
Other places visited were Central School and Christ the King Primary School Obeledu, Umuawu Hall Enugu-ukwu, Kindergarten Primary School Obiofuu Abagana, St Theresa's Catholic Church Ukwulu as well as Oye Ukpo polling units.
Collation started at three o'clock in the afternoon in most of the polling booths including St Micheal Anglican church Nawfia.
In his reaction, the President Anambra State Council of Traditional Prime Ministers, Chief Anthony Enukaeme affirmed that the election like the governorship election was free fair and credible .

In their separate speeches, the traditional ruler of Ukwulu, Igwe Peter Uyanwa and the chairman Otu Subakwa Igbo, Professor Peter Ejiofor commended people of the area for coming out to vote as according to them the district has lost a lot, with out a representative at the senate.

On their parts, the Member representing Njikoka one in the State House of Assembly Honourable Timothy Ifedioramma, the Transition Committee Chairman for Anaocha Local Government Area, Mr. Ikeobi Ejiofor and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ABS Nze Uche Nworah said though the election recorded apathy initially, it went on without hitches, thanking God that they will now have a senator at the end of the day.

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