The Independent National Electoral Commission has in a statement cancelled the deliberate rerun in Bauchi, saying nevertheless that it has permitted the resumption, conclusion and announcement of the results of the Tafawa Balewa Local Government it had earlier introduced supplementary elections for.
This was simply because the electoral physique berated the military for the participation of a few of its personnel within the disruption of the rivers ballot, stressing that it’s devoted to the completion of the method quickly.
In the statements issued and signed by INEC’s nationwide commissioner, Festus Okoye on Friday night time in Abuja, the fee additionally disclosed the withdrawal of the Collation Officer for Tafawa Balewa Local Government over threats to her life and that the fee had changed her.
The INEC statement reads; “On the 12 day of March 2019 the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) thought of a report submitted by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State on the disruption of the Collation course of on the Tafawa Balewa Collation Centre which led to the cancelation of outcomes for your complete Local Government.
“The Commission discovered that there are points that want additional investigation and arrange a Committee for that goal: The findings of the Committee are as follows: The Governorship and State Assembly Elections have been held on the ninth March 2019 in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area and the votes scored by candidates have been introduced on the Polling Units and collated on the 11 Registration Areas of the Local Government.
“Halfway into the Local Government collation, armed gangs attacked the collation centre and destroyed the Local Government Result Sheet (EC8C) and a few collated outcomes from the Registration Areas.
“The outcomes of seven out of 11 Registration Areas for Governorship and 6 out of 11 for State Assembly elections have been affected.
“INEC pointers present that the place violent disruption impacts collation on this method, outcomes ought to be regenerated from duplicate copies on a alternative end result sheet. The Collation Officer, beneath strain from Party Agents who couldn’t watch for the arrival of a alternative end result sheet, determined to collate the end result on an obtainable RA end result sheet as an alternative of the alternative LGA end result sheet.
“When the end result was introduced on the State Governorship Collation Centre, the Returning Officer rejected the regenerated end result as a result of it was on a mistaken end result sheet. The Investigation Committee established that the lead to Polling Units and Registration Areas can be found and in secure custody.
“The Investigation Committee additionally established that the variety of cancelled votes for the 4 Polling Units in Ningi Local Government Area which was recorded as 25,330 in kind EC40G (1) was incorrect.
The precise determine is 2,533.
Consequently, the Commission has taken the next choices: Approved the resumption and conclusion of the collation of outcomes of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in relation to the Governorship election because the duplicate and unique Registration Area outcomes can be found.
Approved the resumption, conclusion and announcement of the results of the Tafawa Balewa State Constituency. The appointment of a brand new Collation/Returning Officer for Tafawa Balewa Local Government to proceed and conclude the collation course of instead of the unique Collation Officer who withdrew from the train citing threats to her life and people of her members of the family.
The Collation course of for Tafawa Balewa Local Government will resume on Tuesday, 19th March 2019.
“The Commission directed that the error within the complete variety of cancelled votes in 4 polling items in Ningi Local Government Area ought to be corrected from 25,330 to 2,533.
“The Commission appeals to all stakeholders for steady assist and understanding”.
While on Rivers ballot supplementary elections, INEC mentioned; “On the 10th of March 2019, the Commission suspended all electoral processes in Rivers State having decided that there was widespread disruption of collation of outcomes of the elections carried out on the ninth day of March 2019.
“Subsequently, the Commission arrange a Fact-Finding Committee to evaluate the state of affairs and report again inside 48 hours.
“The Commission met on the 15th day of March 2019 and thought of the report of the Committee and established the next: That the Governorship and State Assembly elections came about in many of the polling items and outcomes have been introduced. That the outcomes from 17 Local Governments out of 23 can be found and are within the Commission’s custody.
“That the Declaration and Returns for 21 State Constituencies out of 32 have been made previous to the suspension. That collation centres have been invaded by some troopers and armed gangs ensuing within the intimidation and illegal arrest of election officers thereby disrupting the collation course of.
“Consequent upon the foregoing, the Commission: Expresses its displeasure with the function performed by some troopers and armed gangs in Rivers State disrupting the collation course of and making an attempt to subvert the need of the people.
Is dedicated to expeditious completion of the collation course of the place outcomes of the elections have been introduced.
Will interact the safety businesses at nationwide stage and the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on the State stage to demand neutrality and professionalism of safety personnel with a purpose to safe a peaceable setting for the completion of the elections. Will additionally interact with key stakeholders in Rivers State with a view to making sure a easy and peaceable completion of the method. Will situation detailed timelines and actions for the completion of the election on Wednesday March 20th, 2019”, it mentioned.
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