Re- Run/Supplementary Election

15 March 2016 by Election Reports 310 Views
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Abia State- The supplementary election will be held in Aba North and Abia South , Isiala Ngwa North ( some wards) Local Government Councils etc.

Abia State- The supplementary election will be held in Aba North and Abia South , Isiala Ngwa North ( some wards) Local Government Councils etc.  There has been justification for and against the legality of declaring the governorship election inconclusive.

Abia state was not one of the typical flash point states at the beginning of electoral process but towards the build up of election the violence escalated. The violence that erupted took so many by surprise. Abia state election was marred by violence and thus the supplementary election. So many political events have been recorded in the state like the APGA governorship candidate attending APC meeting in Abuja and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia, urging the electorate to vote massively for the governorship candidate of APGA, Dr. Alex Otti.

If the APGA governorship candidate visit made some impact which is most likely to because APC might want to use this opportunity to break more into the South East region with Abia and Imo as APC states. The same scenario that played out and brought Ikedi Ohakim in power in Imo State might replay in Abia state.

Two day to the supplementary election, coffins were seen littering in some major street in Aba with warnings inscribed on them that “if the people failed to vote for an Ngwa governor they would be killed”. Although the two major political parties in Abia state have distance themselves from it. The truth is that it would take a lot of persuasion which is not available now) to get people to come out for tomorrow’s supplementary election in these targeted areas while the stake is high for the politicians.

Delta State- INEC declared the Delta Central Senatorial Election during the March 28th election inconclusive due to alleged irregularities. The supplementary election will be held in the following ward in Ethiope East (11) wards, (157 polling units) ,Ethiope West (2 wards ,4 polling units), Okpe (8 wards,106 polling units) ,Udu (8 wards ,97 polling units) , and Ughelli North (9 wards, 178 polling units). Although there has not been any recorded incidence by Ciepd CWC on this supplementary election in Delta state, voters are sceptical of the whole process having done the process twice – National and  State.

Imo State- This has not really been on the flash point but of course it has recorded some violence incidences. Governor Rochas Okorocha, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the April 11 governorship election in the state, polled 385,071, winning in 20 local government areas out of the 27 in the state, while his closest rival, Hon Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 306, 142 , winning 7 LGAs. With the APC leading with margin of 79,529 votes and INEC declaring 118,803 votes for the re-run, the stake is still high for the two political parties ( APC and PDP) in this re-run election in Imo state.

The states that the stakes are high are likely to experience some level of electoral poll violence while the like hood of low voters turn out is very high.

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