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INEC blames political class for inconclusive elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has blamed the spate of inconclusive elections in the country on the political class.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu - INEC Chairman
Professor Mahmood Yakubu – INEC Chairman

The electoral body said politicians were fond of using all means, including bribery, violence and intimidation to ensure victory in any election.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, represented by the commission’s Director (Voter Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Organisation Liaison), Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, spoke in Abuja during CSOs/stakeholders expert conversation, with the theme: “Inconclusive elections: The facts and the myths.”

Yakubu said, “In 1979, the argument of the Unity Party of Nigeria in court challenging the presidential election – Awolowo Vs Shagari, was based on inconclusive election. The Rivers State governorship election in 1999, Imo State governorship election in 2011, Anambra State governorship election in 2014, and Taraba, Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship elections in 2015 are examples of inconclusive elections.”

The INEC boss explained that an inconclusive election occurred when after an election, no candidate met the conditions for the declaration of a winner.

He said although INEC did not want the stigma of being referred to as an “Inconclusive National Electoral Commission,” the commission would be subverting the law if it kept on declaring or going in haste to declare elections conclusive.

Yakubu said, “For as long as the law remains as it is, and for as long as our elections remain competitive where every vote counts and every vote is counted, successful candidates will most likely win marginally.

“For this reason, with disruptions by way of violence, intimidation and bribery of poll officials and voters, the spectre of inconclusive elections are likely to hang over our process.”

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