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LogoDaily Independent Online.         * Tuesday, April 8, 2003.

CAN carpets politicians over shoddy preparation for eletions

By Okey Maduforo, Awka


The Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) in Anambra State has blamed the poor preparation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the forthcoming elections on the ambition of some incumbent political office holders to return for a second term at all costs .

Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa, chairman Christian Association of Nigeria in the state, while stating the association’s position on the political climate in the country also berated the Federal Government for misplaced priorities, saying that instead of governors and the president carrying out their constitutional role of governing the people, they resorted to canvassing for a second tenure to the detriment of the electoral commission.

Anikwenwa lamented that INEC is being starved of funds; adding that government has not given the commission a free hand in most exercises conducted by it.

“The Federal Government  has not shown interest in a hitch-free  general election. All they are interested in is their re-election bid. Funds are not even made available to the commission and as a result of this, elections for this year may not be possible,” he said.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Diocese, Rev. Albert Obiefuna said the association has concluded plans to fight any form of rigging in the forthcoming elections through a monitoring team already put in place.

He alleged that there was a plan by some politicians to rig the  elections, saying that voting cards were carried away on the registration day despite INEC’s plans to ensure that all qualified voters were registered.

Obiefuna, however, dismissed fears by the Arewa Consultative Forum that the general elections may lead to a military coup, saying that with the new awareness created by the present democratic dispensation, a change of government through force is not possible.

He urged politicians to examine their conscience before God, whether their intention is to serve the common good and protect the interest of the people, stressing the need for sportsmanship in the pursuit of electoral offices.



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