Wednesday 27th July, 2016
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Imo North rerun: PDP demands fresh ballot paper or no election

Imo North rerun: PDP demands fresh ballot paper or no election

The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that its candidate for Imo North district rerun poll, Senator Athan Achonu, would only participate in the elec­tion if fresh ballot papers and sheets were provided by the Inde­pendent National Electoral Com­mission (INEC).
The initial election was post­poned on grounds of disturbance and improper conduct of some opposition party supporters who protested at the INEC office on the eve of the poll.
Briefing journalists yesterday, the state chairman of the party, Nnamdi Ayanehie, alleged that the discovery of a different ballot pa­per for the fresh exercise prompted the protest by youth of the rival All Progressives Congress (APC).
The state party chairman, how­ever warned that “any attempt by INEC to use the former ballot pa­per would mean that there will no be election in the state”.
Claiming that INEC suspended the rerun election out of intimi­dation by APC, he also noted that Governor Rochas Okorocha vio­lated the electoral act by campaign­ing in his state wide broadcast 24 hours to the election.
Achonu himself described the suspension of the election by INEC on grounds of security as laugh­able, expressing worries that the security in the state is not condu­cive for the conduct of the election.

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