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Anambra Election: INEC to deploy 25,000 officials



…Anambra in Diaspora endorses Soludo-Ibezim

INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will deploy 25,009 officials for the November 6 Anambra State governorship election.

  National Commissioner and Chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed in Abuja, adding that the security situation in the state and COVID-19 pandemic would be critical factors in deploying the core and ad-hoc staff for the exercise.

  Ruling out electronic transmission of results of the election, Okoye also said that sensitive materials like ballot boxes, ballot papers and result sheets will be deployed for the election at he right moments to avoid being hijacked by unscrupulous candidates and their foot soldiers.

  Meanwhile, a group operating under the aegis of Anambra Indigenes in Diaspora has endorsed the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and his running mate, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim for the election.

  The group which comprises Anambra indigenes resident in United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Italy and India, made their positios known in a statement made available to newsmen in Awka, yesterday.

  According to the statement that was signed by former Mayor of London Borough of Brent, Ernest Ezeajughi and Chairman of Planning and Strategy Committee, Neville Uchendu as well as one Michael Chukwujekwu,they took the decision during a global meeting held virtually on September 10-12.

  “After due considerations, the Anambra indigenes in the Diaspora unanimously adopted Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as the preferred governorship candidate for the November 6 election. The Diaspora overwhelmingly requests the entire Anambra people to align with and support Prof. Soludo because the state is in serious need for sustenance of good governance. We are convinced that Soludo has the integrity, pedigree and visionary leadership acumen to drive the state to the next level of development in infrastructure, human capital, industrial, education, health, agriculture and other sectors,” the statement reads in part.

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