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Anambra supplementary election update

Materials just arrived Ward three, Uzoakwa polling units 4,8 and 20 all located at Odata primary school Ihiala

Distribution of materials for today’s supplementary governorship poll in Ihiala is still ongoing at the local government headquarters, Ihiala.

As at noon, there was heavy security presence in all the roads leading to the distribution venue.

Corps members and other ÍNEC officials were also on ground while the materials were being distributed.

Radio Nigeria gathered that the delay was due to some factors including failure of some ad-hoc staff earlier enlisted to show up as well as security threats received from five communities in the area.

The five communities, where it was gathered the people said they do not want any election to take place include, Lilu, Osumogho, Mbosi, Azia, Iseke and Ubuluisiuzor.

The presiding officer for polling unit, 004 , Arolahun Jeremiah said the late arrival to the polling unit was due to delay witnessed in the distribution of materials at the Super RAC center at about 1.32pm.

Speaking with Radio Nigeria, the Commissioner of Police , Mr Echeng Echeng, said adequate security arrangement had been made for the election in all the communities in Ihiala.

“We have made our deployment, it is very robust and we are confident that we are going to conduct elections in every location that we are supposed to have elections in Ihiala today.

“We are not saying that there is no fear, there is fear everywhere as far as Anambra is concerned but we have had elections in 20 Local Government Areas, this is just one Local Government Area.

“With what we have on ground including the Police, Army, NSCDC, DSS and others, we are going to handle the situation,”

As at the time of filing this report, deployment was still being made to some areas.

Reporting by Uche Ndeke; Editing by Tina Oyinsan