Why INEC Declared Elections Inconclusive In Seven States (Full List)

With the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) citing irregularities in their collation of results among other anomalies as reasons, it declared elections inconclusive in Plateau, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto, Kano, and Rivers states.

INEC Returning Officers for Plateau and Adamawa states declared the March 9 inconclusive yesterday in separate announcements at their respective collation centres.

In Jos, the Plateau State capital, Professor Richard Kimbir announced that the margin of a lead of 44,929 between the APC and the PDP candidates, is less than 49,377 cancelled votes.

Incumbent Governor of Plateau Simon Lalong who is a candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) polled a total of 583,255 votes, while Jerry Useni of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 538,326.

Professor Fatima Muktar had given the same reason for her decision in Adamawa and asked those troubled to report to the electoral body.

The election was declared inconclusive in both states, following a similar development in Sokoto State.

Also in Bauchi, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, the Returning Officer, said that apart from the cancellation of the result from entire Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area because of irregularities, the exercise in some other polling units also suffered the same fate.

Late on Monday, the same verdict was passed in Benue state, where a date for the rerun is expected announced within 21 days.

Just yesterday, INEC suspended all electoral processes in Rivers state until further notice.

In a statement, the commission cited widespread violence in the state during the March 9 governorship and State Assembly polls as the reason for its action.

The commission also said some of its staff were held hostage and materials including results sheets were destroyed.

For Kano elections, the electoral body suspended the collation of the results, due to security challenges at the Nasarawa Local Government collation center.


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