Wednesday, 20 January 2021 04:27

INEC fixes Nov 6 for Anambra poll

Anambra State governorship election will hold on November 6, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said.

The INEC released the timetable and schedule of activities for the election.

The commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Festus Okoye, in a statement, said: “INEC met on January 19 and deliberated on many issues, including the issuance of timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the Anambra State governorship election.

“By virtue of Section 178(1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and Section 25(7) and (8) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), election into the office of a governor shall hold not earlier than 150 days, and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of the last holder of the office.

“Constitutionally and statutorily, the tenure of the Anambra State governor will expire on the March 17, 2022, and the earliest date for the election into the office shall be October 18, 2021, and the latest date shall be February 15, 2022.

“In exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Constitution, Electoral Act and other powers enabling it in that regard, the commission has fixed November 6, 2021, for the conduct of the Anambra State governorship election. It hereby issues the timetable and schedule of activities for the election.”

“Statutory notice for election will be issued on June 9; collection of Forms EC9 (Formerly CF001) and EC9B (Formerly CF002) will hold on June 10, and the conduct of party primaries and resolution of disputes arising from the primaries will hold from June 10 to July 1.

“Personal particulars of the candidates will be published on July 16, and the parties will begin campaigns on August 8. The final list of nominated candidates will be published on October 7.

“The commission enjoins all registered political parties to pay attention to the timelines and schedule of activities as they are constitutional and statutorily provisions.”

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma will lead other leaders and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Anambra State on Friday ahead of the elections.

The APC Southeast leaders will address the Anambra stakeholders on the need to unite.

The decision, it was gathered, was the outcome of the Southeast stakeholders’ meeting held in Owerri, Imo State.

Other stakeholders expected are former Governors Orji Kalu (Abia); Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Senators and House of Representatives members from the five Southeast states.

The meeting would be addressed by the Anambra State stakeholders including Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige.

It was gathered that messages had already been sent to stakeholders, including the governorship aspirants.

An APC chieftain said the march to Agu-Awka (Government House) has begun.

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