Author(s): Nnamdi Ogwazu
July 12, 2013
The Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission, on Thursday, revealed that it had identified shrines and evil forests used as polling areas in past elections to perpetrate fraud.
The Acting Chairman of the commission, Sylvester Okonkwo, said that polling booths were discovered in such places at Nteje in the Oyi Local Government Area, Marine area of Onitsha North, and in Ogbaru Local Government Area.
He, however, assured the people that the polling booths would be relocated before the council polls.
“There is no way women and Christians will vote in shrines or evil forests,” he pointed out, urging traditional rulers to assist the commission to establish proper sites where elections would take place in their domain.
Ahead of the October 5 local government elections in the state, Okonkwo also lifted the ban on political campaigns and urged the aspirants and political parties to kick-off their campaigns openly and in accordance with the law.