The much expected rescheduled Nnewi North Local Government election yesterday has been suspended indefinitely.
Announcing the cancellation of the process even at collation stage at about 2.15pm yesterday, the acting chairman of the Anambra state Independent Electoral Commission(ANSIEC), Chief Sylvester Okonkwo said he got a report that “there was violence and molestation of poll officials at the Nnewichi polling centre”, hence the action to suspend and cancel the entire process.
On how soon the poll would be held, Okonkwo said it would take at least one month, pointing out that it would help to allow tension subside. He then suggested setting up of a Caretaker for Council in the interim.
Ahead the suspension of the state’s Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Mr Robert Okonkwo who voted at the St Stephens Anglican Church polling centre said it had “been very peaceful and smooth, as usual with every election in Nnewi”
He said he was hopeful that it would end at record time as voters were dutifully trooping in to cast their votes.
The chief executive of Innoson Group, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, told jpurnalists at about?2pm?in his Nnewi country home that he was about to rush to cast his own vote at the Uru village hall polling centre.
Chief Goodboy Momah, an APGA chieftain, who also voted at St Stephens Anglican Church polling centre said he was happy that the tradition of peaceful conduct and disposition for which the town was legendary in elections was dutifully maintained.
In a quick reaction the state chairman of the Labour Party, Sam Oraegbunam said he was very shocked at the action of ANSIEC boss, Okonkwo. He said that the cancellation was apparently because they have found out that LP has trounced all comers, including APGA, because the whole world is watching the drama.
From Chuks Collins