The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will not be allowed to participate in the Anambra central senatorial re-run election billed for Saturday.

INEC noted that apart from the PDP, the other 14 political parties that participated in the senatorial poll during the 2015 general election, including the All Progressives Congress (APC) were qualified to participate.

Addressing reporters in Akwa, the state capital, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, said the decision to conduct the rerun poll despite an opposing judgement from the Federal High court was to respect the provision of the Nigerian Constitution which states that the verdict of a superior court should be given priority over the subordinate one.

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He said INEC had already received all the non-sensitive materials from the Abuja national headquarters of the commission and that a total of 7,670 ad-hoc staff had been recruited and given the necessary training for the smooth conduct of the re-run election.

He stated that the sensitive materials would arrive at the state from INEC’s national headquarters in Abuja on Thursday and would be distributed on Friday to the affected local governments.

The affected local governments are: Awka North, Awka South, Dunukofia, Njikoka, Idemil North, Idemili South and Anaocha.

Anambra Central Senatorial District had been without a senator since 2015 when a Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, sacked the occupant of the position, Uche Ekwunife.

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