Anambra State Government has proposed to spend N624 million for the conduct of local government election in the state this year.
The commissioner in charge of logistics and operations at the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission, ANSIEC, Mr. Sylvester Okonkwo, who is overseeing the activities of the commission, has already defended the commission’s budget estimate for the conduct of the exercise at the State House of Assembly.
The election was to have taken place in December 2010, but had to be put on hold following the removal of the chairman of the commission, Professor Titus Eze.
Okonkwo told newsmen in Awka yesterday that in anticipation of the approval of the budget estimate, the commission has been preparing seriously for the exercise, adding that all things being equal, the election would be held this year. He however did not give a specific date for the election..
According to him, as part of preparations for the exercise, a three-day workshop was organised for the management and staff of the commission in February this year.