The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, that 14 candidates would participate in the January 13 re-run election in Anambra Central Senatorial District.
Nkwachukwu Orji, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, made the disclosure during a stakeholders’ meeting in Awka on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
The re-run followed the nullification of the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Uche Ekwunife, who was returned in 2015 as Senator for the zone.
Orji said the commission had already distributed non-sensitive materials to the seven local government areas of the senatorial zone.
“The sensitive materials would arrive the state on Thursday, January 15 and once that happens, we will distribute them to the affected areas,” he added.
The election will hold in Awka North, Awka South, Idemili North, Idemili South, Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia LGAs.
The INEC official said that 7,670 ad-hoc workers would conduct the election in 1,548 polling units.
Orji stressed that the commission had made all arrangements for the smooth conduct of the election and urged the electorate to shun violence or any form of fraud during and after the exercise.
On the purported order of a Federal High Court stopping the election, the REC said the commission had not received such directive.
“As a state office, INEC Anambra is not responsible for policy issues. We get our directives from INEC national headquarters.
“And no such directive has been received asking us not to go ahead with January 13 re-run in Anambra Central Senatorial District.
“We advised political parties to play by the rules because we will ensure that we deliver free, fair and credible election, which is now a minimum benchmark for INEC in any election we conduct,” he said.
While responding to questions from stakeholders, Orji condemned vote buying, which participants complained characterized the governorship election held last November 18.
He said combating the menace required collaborative efforts of all political parties, security agents, and INEC officials.
The REC, therefore, called on the people to join hands with the commission to improve the conduct of elections.
The PDP has been barred by a court from participating in the election.