The Anambra Governorship election will hold on 6th November 2021, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said. According to a statement signed by the Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Barrister Festus Okoye, the decision was taken at the end of the Commission’s meeting held on 19th January.
The tenure of the incumbent governor will expire on 17th March 2022. By virtue of Section 178(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Section 25(7) & (8) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, election into the office of a State Governor shall hold not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office.
In this regard, the earliest date for the election into the office of Governor, Anambra State shall be 18th October 2021 while the latest date for the election shall be 15th February 2022.
Commissioner Okoye said: “In the exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Constitution, the Electoral Act and all other powers enabling it in that regard, the Commission has fixed 6th November 2021 as the date for the conduct of the Anambra State Governorship election. Consequently, the Commission hereby issues the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.
According to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities, the Commission will issue the statutory Notice for Election on 9th June 2021. The Collection of Forms EC9 (Formerly CF001) and EC9B (Formerly CF002) for the election will take place on 10th June, 2021 and the conduct of party primaries and resolution of disputes arising from the primaries will take place from 10th June to 1st July, 2021. The Personal Particulars of the candidates will be published on 16th July 2021 and the parties will commence campaigns on 8th August 2021. The Final List of Nominated Candidates will be published on 7th October, 2021.
The Commission enjoined all registered political parties to pay close attention to the timelines and schedule of activities outlined in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities as they are constitutional and statutorily provisions.
Commissioner Okoye added: “We also enjoin political parties to conduct rancour-free primaries, guarantee level playing field for all aspirants and conduct necessary due diligence on all forms and documents that will be submitted to the Commission. The Commission is concerned about the spate of acrimonious primaries as well as the nomination of unqualified candidates, which results in avoidable litigations, and the nullification of elections by Election Petition Tribunals.”
The Commission urged all stakeholders to support its efforts to strengthen the electoral process, including the deployment of technology to deliver free, fair and credible elections.