The Government of the Unit­ed States of America is to monitor the forthcoming Anambra State governorship elec­tions of November 18.

This was disclosed by the US Consul General, Hon. John Bray who led a delegation to a breakfast meeting with the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Os­eloka Obaze recently in Awka.

Bray said he was in Anambra to talk to the candidates and key stakeholders and get their feel ahead of the elections. The routine visit, he added was also part of the training their team in electoral monitoring process and not an endorsement of any candidate or political party.

In his remarks, Obaze, rein­stated his commitment to a civil and issues-based campaigning throughout the electioneering pe­riod.

He said he was gratified that the US government along with other foreign agencies and domestic civ­ic organizations will be involved in monitoring the Anambra elec­tions to ensure that it is free, fair and sufficiently credible.

Obaze used the opportunity to express deep concern over use of the military for purely civilian po­lice duties.

On education, Obaze affirmed his commitment to meeting 26 percent budget target for educa­tion with 10 percent of that going to faith-based schools as well as of­fering free education from Kinder­garten to JS3 as a means of reduc­ing the number of out of school children in Nigeria, hike ensuring qualitative and affordable educa­tion across board.