Abuja - The Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC) will relocate polling booths located in shrines and forests in the state.
Senior officials said the location of the voting centres will discourage potential voters in the largely-religious region.
“There is no way women and Christians will vote in shrines or forests," the acting chairman of the commission, Chief Sylvester Okonkwo, said at the kickoff of the sensitization programme for the October 2013 local government elections in the state.
Such polling booths were found in Nteje in Oyi local government area, Marine area of Onitsha North and Ogbaru local government area.
Okonkwo urged traditional rulers in the state to assist the commission agents to look for suitable sites where election booths will be set up.
Meanwhile, Okonkwo revealed measures had been put in place to ensure those who lost their voting cards during last year’s flood disaster participated in the local elections.
Their names must however appear in the voters' roll.
These were victims of the floods that hit areas like Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Anambra East and Anambra West.
- CAJ News