AWKA - The incumbent in Nigeria's Anambra state was pronounced the winner of a flawed gubernatorial vote seen as a test for Africa's largest democracy ahead of presidential elections next year.
The Independent Electoral Commission declared Peter Obi of the opposition All Progressives Grand Alliance the victor despite glitches and fears the vote would be rigged in favour of President Umaru Yar'Adua's party.
"Peter Obi ... having satisfied all requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner," said chief returning officer Josiah Uwazuruonye yesterday.
Despite flaws arising from chaotic voter registration and long delays in opening the polls, some observers declared the elections free and an improvement on previous polls in the politically volatile stat. - Sapa-AFP