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APC, PDP battle in supplementary governorship elections in five states (LIVE UPDATES)

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After the March 9 governorship elections across the country, the polls in six states – Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto – were declared inconclusive.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) explained that the decision to declare the elections inconclusive was derived from Clause 34 (e) of its Regulation and Guideline for 2019 General Elections, which specifies that supplementary elections will be held if “the margin of lead between the two leading candidates is not in excess of the total number of registered voters of the Polling Units where elections were not held or were cancelled…”

From results announced by INEC in each of the six states, the margin of lead between the leading candidates is less than the number of registered voters at the polling units where elections were cancelled or postponed for reasons such as over-voting, violence or the failure of smart card readers.

However, INEC is suspending the supplementary election in Adamawa following a court order. Thus, today, supplementary elections will only hold in five states – Bauchi (excluding Tafawa Balewa, where a court order has also forced INEC to suspend its planned collation of results there) Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto.

In Bauchi, after the collation of 19 local governments out of the 20, the All Progressives Congress (APC) trails the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Bala Mohammed, with 4,059 votes. The APC scored a total of 465,453 votes against the PDP’s 469,512 votes.

According to INEC, supplementary election in the state will be held in 36 polling units (PUs) in 28 registration areas in 15 local governments comprising of 22,759 voters.

In Benue, where Samuel Ortom of the PDP, who scored 410,576 votes has a lead of 81,554 votes over Emmanuel Jime of the APC who scored 329,022 votes, the election will be held in 204 polling units in 22 local governments, with the total number of registered voters being 121,299.

In Kano where the PDP leads with 26,655 votes, the election will be held in 208 polling units in 29 local governments with 128,831 voters.

In Plateau where the APC leads with a margin of 44,929, the election will be held in 40 polling units in nine local governments among 48,828 voters.

In Sokoto where the PDP leads with 3,413 votes, the election will be held in 135 polling units in 22 local governments with 75,403 voters.

State constituency supplementary elections will also be held in some states.

PREMIUM TIMES, in partnership with the Center for Democracy and Development (CDD), brings you live updates of the supplementary governorship elections across the five states.

Stay on this page for the updates as they happen.

We are back in Gama ward where journalists were attacked earlier. The Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Wakil, just arrived and he was received with shouts of “Singham” by both voters and onlookers who were all hailing the top cop. The larger bulk of votes is expected from Gama ward in Nasarawa local government which has a total of 62 polling units. Meanwhile, election is going on smoothly though locals are complaining that some of the voters are not from Gama.

At 11:18 am both PU 06 and PU 07, WARD 11 at Angua Hausawa, Mishakam Palace, MANGU LGA, PLATEAU STATE, voting is going on smoothly. European Union observers are seen observing the process. There are 1,453 registered voters here.

Voting in progress at Doka PU 003, Dawa village in Rimin Gado local government area Kano state

10:14 Voting ongoing at Sarkin Musulumi B, PU 007, Sokoto North Local gGovernment, Sokoto state.

High presence of political thugs with heavy weapons is observed in all the polling units visited so far in Kano. However, they stay a distance away from the polling units.

At PU 014 JENTA MANGORO Ward 06 Jenta Adamu., JOS NORTH LGA PLATEAU STATE, there is huge voters turn out as observed in all four voting points. There are altogether 2,017 registered voters here.

Voting going on smoothly at PU002 in Atawa village, Rimin Gado local hovernment area Kano. This is contrary to reports we recevied earlier that no election is holding in the area

At 9:24 PU 014 JENTA MANGORO Ward 06 Jenta Adamu. NUMBER OF REGISTERED voters 2017, JOS NORTH LGA PLATEAU STATE. Huge voters turn out as observed in all four voting points.

At PU 003 Magajin Rafi B Ward, Sokoto North LGA., voting started at 08:27 am, a little later than the 08 am originally scheduled for the exercise, the PO said. The late start according to the PO was because the card reader malfunctioned.  “It’s now working after it was fixed,” he said. The exercise is orderly. There are 716 registered voters in this unit and the turnout is huge. We observe separate lines for males and females queuing to exercise their voting right. This is typical of other areas in the Muslim-dominated Nigeria’s Northwest.

9 AM PU 003 Magajin Rafi B Ward, Sokoto North LGA.

Voting started 08:27 AM, a little later than the 8 AM schedule, the PO says. 

The late start according to the PO was because the card reader malfunctioned. 

“It’s now working after it was fixed,” says the PO.

The exercise is currently going on in an orderly manner.

There are 716 registered voters in this unit and the turnout is huge.

We observe separate lines for males and females queuing to exercise their voting right. This is typical of other areas in Muslim-dominated Northwest state.

We are currently in Rimin Gado Local Government Area where elections are expected to take place in Attawa, Tammawa, Dika, Gulu, Rimin Gado and Jilli. However, the first set of persons we met on our way told us that “no election is going on anywhere because all the ballot papers have been pre-thumb printed.” Also, a member of the House of Representatives for Gwale constituency, Garba Disu, arrived the Divisional Police station in Rimin Gado and complained that “ all the ballot boxes have been thumb printed. Both the lawmaker and the people we met accused the APC of the “crime”.

09 AM PU 003 Magajin Rafi B Ward, Sokoto North LGA.

Voting started 08:27 AM, a little later than the 08 AM schedule, the PO says.

At 8:49 PU 018 WARD 06 JENTA PLATEAU HOTEL JUNCTION JOS NORTH LGA, PLATEAU STATE. THE NUM of REG VOERS: 853. The presiding officer David Haruna, told PREMIUM TIMES that voting started around 8:00a.m

INEC officials and party agents escorting election materials from Zaki Biam to Azendeshi Ward in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State State have just been attacked. One of the persons attacked, Daniel Pila, confirmed the incident. The Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Nentawe Yilwatda, has been informed about the incident.

8:49 am: PU 018 WARD 06 JENTA PLATEAU HOTEL JUNCTION JOS NORTH LGA, PLATEAU STATE.

The number of registered voters 853. The presiding officer, David Haruna, said voting started at about 8:00 am. 

08:30 am: PU 12, Ward 11 (Sarkin, Adar, Atiku) is one of the two polling units where the supplementary election is holding in Sokoto South LGA. The number of registered voters in the unit is 585. There is a high turnout of voters here but voting space is quite narrow thereby posing the challenge of disorderliness.

08:30 AM PU 12, Ward 11 (Sarkin, Adar, Atiku). Sokoto State.

Although voting started at 8 am, disagreement among the agents of the political parties has stalled the process. The PO says card reader is functioning well.

8:14am PU: 014 (All saints primary school, Makurdi) Ward: Central South. Very low voter turnout as voting commence

At 8:09 PU 027 WARD 013 TUNDU WADA JOS NORTH LGA PLATEAU STATE an observer casting his vote

At 7:53am PU 027 WARD number of registered voters 1,297 WARD 013, TUNDUN WADA JOS NORTH LGA PLATEAU STATE the presiding officer, Imabo enerst, addressing electorates as election is about to start

At 8:00am PU 027 WARD 013 TUNDU WADA JOS NORTH LGA PLATEAU STATE election and accreditation has started

7:39am PU: 014 (All saints primary school, Makurdi) Ward: Central South. INEC staff already set for the exercise slated to commence at exactly 8am.

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