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Anambra voters call for end of Igbo marginalisation, demand conduct of LG elections in Anambra

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The Anambra State Association of Registered Voters (ASARVOTE), an umbrella body of non-party affiliated Registered Voters in Anambra State has called for an end to marginalization of Igbo voters in the state.

This was part of the resolutions reached during its 10th general conference which was held on Tuesday, 20th of July 2021.

The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to end Igbo marginalization by respecting the Federal Character principle for equitable distribution of Federal Government appointments for national unity and sense of belonging under Section 14 (3) of the Amended 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, adding that this will restore peace and put an end to the current military occupation and check-points throughout Igboland.

It also said, it will no doubt end the self-determination agitation by the various ethnic nationalities in the country.

ASARVOTE decried over the  recent National Assembly (NASS) passage of a ‘conditional clause’ as contained in the provision of the incoming Amended Electoral Act for an electronic transmission of General election results in the country, saying that it is unconstitutional for being inconsistent with the clear provisions of Sections 78 and 153 (1), (f) 3rd Schedule S.15 Part 1 of the Amended 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as the sole power given by the constitution to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ‘conduct’, ‘organise, undertake and supervise’ all elections

“can never be shared by INEC with any other body including NCC and NASS. INEC must be allowed to exercise its independence to enable the commission to conduct free and fair elections in the country.” it argued.

 The group demanded the conduct of Local Government election in Anambra State.

The group said it will declare support and vote for governorship Candidate who agree to use his/her position as elected Governor of Anambra State to conduct free and fair Local Government election in Anambra State, including giving all the participating political parties equal level playing field during tenure of office.        

It also berated the state government over the deplorable roads leading to Onitsha Main Market, Ose Main Market, Ochanja Main Market, Ogbaru Main Market and other markets in the Onitsha metropolis.

“Despite the billions of naira collected by the APGA-led Government of Anambra State as internally generated revenue from the traders at the Onitsha Main Market, Ose Main Market, Ochanja Main Market, Ogbaru Main Market and other markets in the Onitsha metropolis, the roads leading to these markets has become an eyesore and a death-trap, this total neglect by the APGA-led Government of Anambra State is highly condemnable.”

It equally, called on all the non-party affiliated Registered Voters in Anambra State to take their destiny in their own hands by joining in sensitizing the good people of Anambra State through voter education campaigns to come out en masse to register in the ongoing Voter Registration exercise and as well come out en masse during the governorship election proper on November 6,2021 to elect a good Governor for the state.


Source: News Express


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