Voting in Tuesday’s rescheduled supplementary poll in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State to determine the winner of the Governorship election has been slightly altered, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced.
The supplementary election came about because the margin between the two leading candidates, Soludo and Ozigbo, which stands at 52,624 is lower than the 148,407 votes that were canceled in Ihiala LGA.
Recall that the results announced Monday morning from the remaining 20 LGAs showed that the APGA candidate, Soludo, is leading with 103,946 votes; he was followed by Ozigbo of the PDP, who got 51,322 votes, while APC’s candidate, Uba had 42,942.
Voting now holds between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. Last Saturday’s time was between 8:30 a.m and 2:30 p.m. The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye made the announcement on behalf of INEC.
His words: “Following the suspension of collation of results in respect of the 2021 Anambra State Governorship election as announced yesterday, November 7, 2021 by the State Collation/Returning Officer and the decision of the Commission to hold election in Ihiala Local Government Area on Tuesday, November 9, the Commission in line with extant rules and regulations has made a slight adjustment to the commencement and closing time for the said election.
“Accordingly, polling in respect of the supplementary election for Ihiala Local Government will commence tomorrow at 10am and end at 4pm.
“This decision, which will be strictly complied with, has been taken following a careful review of the prevailing situation in Anambra state and is being widely shared with the stakeholders including security agencies.
“We urge political parties, voters, election duty officials, election observers, the media and the general public to note this slight modification. We also appeal to citizens to conduct themselves in an orderly manner to ensure that the election is brought to a peaceful conclusion.”