Onitsha - Nigeria set 30
November for the rerun of parts of a state governorship election that
were annulled because of suspicious actions by a polling official, in a
test of the national electoral commission some 18 months before
Organizers said parts
of Anambra state would hold a re-run after an Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) official distributed the wrong voting
materials to polling stations, forcing the vote in those areas to be
canceled. He was later handed over to the police for investigation.
elections in the continent's most populous country and biggest oil
producer have been marred by accusations of widespread fraud. But
international observers largely praised INEC for its handling of 2011
national elections, saying they were the fairest since the end of
military rule in 1999.
materials arrived late in other parts of Anambra state for the November
16 election and hundreds turned out to vote but complained that their
names were not on the register. INEC said these people had either not
registered properly or had attempted to sign-up several times and had
The organizer ruled out a cancellation of the entire state election, which some political parties had called for.
has fixed supplementary governorship election in areas of Anambra for
next Saturday after a thorough review of the November 16 election," INEC
spokesman Frank Egbo said.