The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the supplementary election in Ihiala local government after declaring the November 6 exercise inconclusive.
Recall that Florence Obi, the returning officer for the Governorship Election, had declared the election inconclusive because not a single ballot was cast in Ihiala Local Government Area, which has a total of 148,487 registered voters, 20 Wards and 323 Polling units.
Prof Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is leading with a total of 103,946 votes.
Mr. Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is next with got 51,322 votes while Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) trails with 42,942 votes.
The margin between Soludo and Ozigbo is 52,624 votes, and according to INEC, a winner could not be declared because the margin between the two leading candidates is far less than that of the registered voters who have not had the opportunity to vote in Ihiala.
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As of 10pm on Tuesday, INEC officials, the media, party agents, were still waiting for results to come in from Ihiala LGA.
As of 9:25pm, Florence Obi, returning officer for the Anambra governorship election, seated alongside other officials, waiting for the result from Ihiala LGA.
OKIJA WARD IV
UHTOBO COMM. SCHOOL UNIT
Uli Ward 1
Umuabuchi hall .
Uli Ward 1, PU 14
Okija ward 4
APC – 4
PDP – 5
ULI WARD 1
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5:45 PM COLLATION RESUMES AT 9 PM
Nkwachukwu Orji, INEC’s resident electoral commissioner for the state, has informed the media, that the collation of results for the Anambra state governorship election will resume at 9 PM.
The venue is the State Collation Centre, INEC State Office, along with House of Assembly Road, Awka.
5:40 PM More Results from Polling units
Uli Ward 1
APC – 4
PDP – 19
LP – 1
APC – 2
4:30 PM: The electorate keenly watching the sorting and counting of the votes in Uzokwa Ward.
4:00 PM So far, there’s not been any record of violence in the exercise as voting is nearing an end across the PUs in the LGA.
2:55 PM Voting ongoing at Mbosi, Ward 20 in Ihiala. BVAS working perfectly.
2:45 PM Rev father Oliver Onyema after casting his vote at ward 20 Mbosi, urges other priests to do the same.
2:35 PM The exercise is going on smoothly at Umunnamehi Community School 3, PU024, Ward 1.
2:30 PM Almost everyone on the queue has voted at the PUs in Uzokwa Ward 3 — less than two hours to the expected end of the exercise.
2: 30 PM Obinna Uzo, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), exercising his franchise at Umunnamehi Community School 3, PU024, Ward 1.
1:25 PM: Patrick Agbodike, deputy speaker, Anambra house of assembly, after casting his vote at PU10, RA 20, Mbosi.
1:05 PM Finally, voting has commenced across polling units in Uzokwa Ward 3. So far, the exercise is going on smoothly.
12:45 PM Voters waiting for INEC officials at PUs 004,008 and 020,ward 1 Adata Central School, Ihiala
12:40 PM After about two hours of delay, voting has finally started in some wards in Ihiala.
12:35 PM INEC officials have arrived at Uzokwa Ward 3, just as the voters were running out of patience.
12:20pm Some INEC officials are still trying to sort out logistics
12:17PM Finally, some INEC ah-hoc officials are heading to their polling units
12:00 PM Some voters have gathered in Abobot Girls Secondary School, Uzokwa Ward 3 where we have about 20 PUs. The ward is just a stone’s throw from the LGA HQ, yet no INEC official has been deployed here.
11.55 AM: As at 11.55 am most of the voting materials have not left Ihiala Local Government Secretariat.
11:52 Am: The election should kicked off but there are complaints of late arrival of materials in some places. There’s currently a heavy presence of security operatives on ground here in Ihiala.
11: 30 AM: Preparations For Supplementary Election In Ihiala LG Commences
11: 25 AM The distribution of election materials and deployment of INEC officials are in progress at Ihiala LGA HQ.
VIDEO: INEC ad-hoc staff waiting for deployment at Ihiala LGA secretariat
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Here’s a breakdown of the results announced so far before collation was suspended:
|12||IHIALA||No Election||No Election||No Election||No Election||No Election|
|Total Valid Votes||229,521|
|Total Rejected Votes||7,841|
|Total Votes Cast||237,362|