A total of 22 governorship and 372 House of Assembly candidates will contest in Saturday’s elections in Imo State.
Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in charge of Imo, Dr Gabriel Ada dropped the hint yesterday [April 9] during a press conference at the state INEC headquarters, Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, the state capital.
According to statistics released by the REC, the number of candidates contesting the polls is 394 with 22 political parties enlisted for the governorship and House of Assembly, respectively.
Ada, who said the commission was ready and prepared to conduct a credible election in the state, called on all stakeholders, especially politicians to play by the rule to ensure peaceful election at the end of the day.
He revealed that movement of all sensitive electoral materials to local government areas began yesterday, adding that the problems experienced with transportation during last election has been resolved with a more firm arrangement with the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC,.
The commissioner who admitted there were flaws noticed in the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly polls pointed out that the commission has reviewed the situation and taken measures to redress the anomalies ahead of tomorrow’s exercise.
He charged all ad-hoc staff and officials of INEC to conduct themselves responsibly during the polls insisting that it would be wrong and unacceptable for them to give ballot papers without the result sheets in any polling unit or other levels of collation.