Less then twenty-four hours to the March 9 Governorship and State Assembly elections, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has revealed that five hundred and eighteen (518) candidates are contesting the March 9 election for the 30 legislative seats in the Anambra State House of Assembly.
The Head of Voter Education and Publicity for INEC, Mr Leo Nkedife, made this closure to newsmen today in Awka, while stating that Ayamelu and Anaocha fielded the least number of candidates and thirteen candidates are contesting in each of the state constituency.
According to reports, the Awka North State Constituency has 23 candidates, making it the constituent with the highest number of candidates, followed by Awka South with 22 candidates.
He also noted that only the prominent political parties such as: All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Young Progressive Party (YPP) presented candidates for the election.
Nkedife also said that INEC has distributed sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the conduct of the election.
”From 12 noon today (Friday), our men and materials will be moved to Registration Area Centres, from where our men will sleep over so as to enable them trek to the polling units. As you can see, we now have less activities at INEC state headquarters now because all activities are now at local government area levels”, he said.
It would be recalled that governorship election would not hold in Anambra, as it is part of the 7 states that had will not be having a governorship poll, since it held election to fill the post in the state in November, 2017, where Governor Willie Obiano of APGA emerged the winner, securing his second tenure as the governor of the state.
However, INEC disclosed earlier in the week that the polling units across all states in the country would commence voting exercise by 8am on March 9, 2019 for the Governorship and State Assembly election.
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