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Anambra: Group tasks INEC on transparency

01 August 2013, 12:11

Abuja - A pro-democracy group, Odimma Anambra on Wednesday in Abuja advocated for transparency in the conduct of Anambra governorship election scheduled for Nov. 16.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the group, Okey Asika.

It tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure transparency and a level playing ground for all contestants.

"Elections had been controversial in the country in the past and their conduct and results that they produce have been a source of conflict and acrimony.

"However, this is avoidable if all stakeholders will  adhere to the rules, then the result of the election will  reflect the views of the voters,’’ it added.

The statement further spoke about the need for free, fair and credible election, adding that the resolve to achieving this is a joint responsibility of the people of Anambra.

It urged the electorate to use their votes wisely to elect a governor whose election would guarantee good governance and promote infra structural development in the state.

According to the statement, time has come to make a change in the history of the state.

"But more importantly is the use of votes as instrument to elect a governor of their choice,’’ it said.

The statement urged parents and guardians to regulate the activities of their children and wards during the election to ensure they were not used as political thugs.

It also condemned sectional and religious sentiments, insisting that people should not sell their conscience by selling their votes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that INEC announced November 16 for the conduct of governorship election in the state.

The last election conducted in February 2010 was won by Gov. Peter Obi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

 - NAN


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