Why we’ll continue to declare elections inconclusive: INEC Chairman

Posted by News Express | 26 July 2016 | 2,093 times

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given reasons why it has continued to conduct inconclusive elections, saying, “Every polling unit must be accounted for”.

Besides, the commission, said it has evolved a “Road map” that would ensure a smooth conduct of the impending governorship election in Edo State.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, who spoke at a dialogue session between the electoral body and over 60 Civil Society Groups involved in election monitoring, insisted that politicians should be blamed for the recurring cases of inconclusive elections in the country.

According to Yakubu, who was represented at the event by Mrs. Amina Zakari, INEC National Commissioner, “the concept of inconclusive election is that every polling unit must be accounted for”.

He said elections in Nigeria has become “too tight and keenly contested”, such that the commission can no longer declare anybody winner when result from even a single polling unit is cancelled.

“It is most regrettable that aside sponsoring violence, ballot snatching, mutilation of election results and other vices, politicians are also trying to take over election in the field,” the INEC Chairman lamented. (Independent)

•Photo shows Prof. Yakubu.

Source: News Express

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