Election Season Slowly Drags On

Supplementary Elections To Hold In Six States

by Gottfried Moh

Election Season Slowly Drags On

Nigeria will hold supplementary elections on March 23 to determine winners in six of the country’s states where gubernatorial votes two weeks earlier were declared inconclusive by the electoral commission.

 

Breaking News:
The Commission met today, 12th March 2019 and reviewed the conduct of the 29 Governorship and 991 State constituency elections held on 9th March 2019. In all, the Commission declared winners in the Governorship elections in 22 states...#NigeriaDecides2019 pic.twitter.com/ptg0pdtfKh

— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) March 12, 2019

The process was stalled in those states for reasons including failure by officials to use biometric voter-card readers as well as “over-voting and widespread disruption in many polling units,” according to a statement on the official website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The gubernatorial elections took place on Saturday March 9 in 29 of the country’s 36 states, with results now declared for 22 states. In the oil-rich Rivers state, the election was suspended due to widespread violence.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation officer, Prof. Bello Shehu, had said that the election became inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes was more than the margin figures that separated the two leading political parties.

According to a statement yesterday by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, “supplementary elections will also hold in polling units in all states where state Assembly elections were declared inconclusive and winners could not be declared.”

It added that details of the constituencies including number of polling units and registered voters would be published in the later hours of Wednesday March 13, 2019.