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#AnambraDecides: Supplementary poll for Ihiala LGA will hold from 10am to 4pm

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a voting timeline for the supplementary election scheduled to hold in Ihiala LGA of Anambra state.

The Anambra governorship election which held on Saturday was declared “inconclusive”.

Florence Obi, the returning officer for the election, had announced that the collation of results was suspended to give room for a supplementary election in Ihiala LGA on November 9.

Ahmadu Umar, the collation officer for Ihiala LGA, had earlier said there was no election in the entire area.

In a statement by Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner, the commission said the election exercise will start by 10am on Tuesday and end by 4pm.

The state has witnessed many attacks by gunmen, leading to killings and destruction of properties, including attacks on police stations and INEC offices.

INEC said the decision was taken following a review of the prevailing situation in Anambra.

“Following the suspension of collation of results in respect of the 2021 Anambra State Governorship election as announced yesterday, November 7, 2021 by the State Collation/Returning Officer and the decision of the Commission to hold election in Ihiala Local Government Area on Tuesday, November 9, the Commission in line with extant rules and regulations has made a slight adjustment to the commencement and closing time for the said election,” the statement reads.

“Accordingly, polling in respect of the supplementary election for Ihiala Local Government will commence tomorrow at 10am and end at 4 pm.

“This decision, which will be strictly complied with, has been taken following a careful review of the prevailing situation in Anambra State and is being widely shared with the stakeholders including security agencies.

“We urge political parties, voters, election duty officials, election observers, the media and the general public to note this slight modification.

The commission appealed to citizens to conduct themselves in an orderly manner to ensure that the election is brought to a peaceful conclusion.

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