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INEC Cannot Cancel Anambra Election — Lawyer

A legal practitioner, Mr. Chukwuma Ezeala, says that the Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria (INEC) lacks the legal backing to cancel
an election it had already announced its result.
The comments came as some stakeholders in the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State have called for the cancelation of election
that INEC declared inconclusive due to witnessed irregularities.
Results Released INEC had released the results of the election on Monday morning, with the candidate of the All Progressive Grand
Alliance (APGA), Willie Obiano, leading with 174,710 votes.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Tony Nwoye, followed with 94,356 votes, the candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Chirs Ngige, got 92,300 votes while the Labour Party’s candidate, Ifeanyi Uba, had 37,446 votes.
A total of 1,786,536 persons registered in the state while the number of accredited voters for the election was 451,826.
The number of votes cast was 429,549, representing 24.04 per cent of the total number of registered voters. A total of 10,544 votes were rejected.
After the announcement of the result, the
electoral body declared the election
inconclusive, saying it will fix a date for a
supplementary election that will hold in
the areas where the irregularities were
noticed.
On Channels Television breakfast
programme, ‘Sunrise Daily,’ the lawyer
faulted the call for the cancelation of the
election and the conduct of a fresh
election by opposition parties.
Sabotage Of Electoral Process
Mr. Ezeala, who is an international
election observer, explained that political
parties that had resentments about the
conduct of the election and the result
declared by the electoral body could seek
redress in court or election tribunal.
“That is their only option,” he said.
“They are not lawyers and most of their
advisers are not so they don’t know what
the law stipulates.”
The issues arising from the Anambra
governorship election have cast aspersion
on the ability of the electoral body to
conduct Nigeria’s General Election in
2015. The credibility of the electoral body
is at stake.
Mr. Ezeala stressed that there was need
for the electoral body to investigate what
happened during the election for purposes
of credibility in the electoral process.
INEC had ordered the arrest of an official
for alleged sabotage of the process.
But Mr. Ezeala also said that records of
such sabotage of electoral process
contributed to the lack of trust for electoral
officers in Nigeria.
“Why should we be talking about
sabotaging an election in Nigeria?

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