17th November, 2013
Hundreds of women on Sunday marched through major streets in Awka, capital of the eastern Nigerian state of Anambra, to protest against the conduct of the 16 November governorship election in the state.
The women who gathered at Arroma Junction marched through Alex Ekwueme Square to the INEC office in the state capital.
A member of the group who declined to identify herself said they would not accept the result of the election because there was no voting in most parts of the state.
She said the women in the state were disappointed with the conduct of the election and called on INEC to organise a fresh one.
“We want to tell the world that we are not happy with the Anambra election and we were not allowed to vote due to the lapses.
“We were disenfranchised and at the end of the day, results will be announced to us.This election should be cancelled because it is beyond Idemili North,’’ she said in reference to an area where the ballot was rescheduled for Sunday.
Meanwhile, security personnel at the INEC office stopped the women from entering the premises.
There were complaints by the electorate over cases of disenfranchisement in the election.
Mr Tony Nwonye, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and members of his family could not vote as their names did not appear on the voters’ register.
Sen. Chris Ngige of the APC also alleged that most voters in Anambra Central could not vote due to late and non-arrival of poll officials and materials.
INEC rescheduled voting in 65 polling units in Obosi, Idemili North local government, for Sunday.