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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Achonu Reacts To Suspension Of Imo North Senatorial Re Run


 . Insecurity May Have Forced electoral umpire To Suspend Polls- Report 

.Group Call On INEC To Fix New Date For fresh Polls


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP came out hot yesterday on the cancellation of the February 20, 2016 re run polls in Imo North Senatorial District.

The party’s candidate, Senator Athan Achonu who briefed  journalists at the party secretariat, located along Owerri- Okigwe road said his party demanded that ballot papers meant for election in another State should not be used for the Imo North re- run polls.

Achonu had before the suspended re run alleged that the PDP were uncomfortable with plans by some officials of INEC to rig the election.

 He said the issue of card reader for the election came up as well, just as he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to really demonstrate his change mantra by ensuring that INEC hold credible, free and fair elections devoid of manipulations.

The Supreme Court had ruled the non use of card readers in elections, but an INEC official said there is no legislation stopping further  of card readers in elections in the country.

INNONEWS.COM was informed that INEC had proceeded in using the card in other re- run polls held in other parts of the country. In Benue South Senatorial district where a re- run was held yesterday, card readers were used but accreditation and voting was said to have commenced simultaneously as against previous practice where accreditation took place before voting.   

Meanwhile, reports indicate that the electoral umpire in Imo State may have suspended the polls in the area over security concerns.

“The desperation of the two major political parties to win the elections may have led to “unconventional strategies adopted to win the elections” said an INEC official who pleaded anonymity.

Meanwhile, a group, the Igbo Awareness Coalition (IAC) has called on INEC to fix another date for the re run polls in Imo North Senatorial district.

In a statement signed by the group’s president, Rev Emmanuel Duru, the group said the people of Imo North cannot afford to have their senatorial seat in the senate vacant, thus denying the people of Imo North effective representation.

“ The people of Imo North cannot suffer under representation. INEC should fix a new date for the polls rather than postponing indefinitely.

“ We call on the electoral umpire to remain unbiased and ensure that the elections does not fall the below the expectations of the people” the statement stated in part.

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