The Returning Officer of the Anambra State governorship election, Professor Florence Obi, has said that a supplementary election will hold in 362 polling units in Ihiala Local Government Area on Tuesday, November 9.
Citing the constitution, Prof. Obi noted that election had to take place in those polling units for the election to be conclusive.
She noted that the election did not take place in Ihiala because there were reports of insecurity in the area.
Quoting relevant sections of the Electoral Act and the nation’s Constitution, Obi said it would be wrong to announce the result without allowing people in 131 polling units in Ihiala to exercise their civic duties.
According to her, it becomes imperative to bring Ihiala at par with other local government areas to make a declaration of the result.
“As the Electoral Officer, I hereby announce the suspension of results until elections are held in all the polling units in Ihiala.
“Supplementary election will take place in the area on Nov. 9,” she disclosed.
Obi said that Soludo won in 18 out of the 20 local government areas of the State already declared.
She listed the areas where Soludo won to include Dunukofia, Awka South, Oyi, Anaocha, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Idemili South and Onitsha South.
She also stated that the APGA candidate also won in Njikoka, Orumba South, Onitsha North, Idemili North, Ekwusigo, Aguata, Orumba North and Nnewi South local government areas.
The PDP candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, won in Ogbaru with 3,445 votes, APGA came second while APC came third in the same council.
Senator Ifeanyi Uba of the Young Progressive Party won in his home local government, Nnewi North in spite of coming a distant fourth in the overall scorecard with 20,917 votes.
Obi stated that total number of valid votes already collated was 229,521, void votes 7,841 while total number of votes cast was 237,362.