INEC declares Kogi senatorial rerun inconclusive

INEC declares Kogi senatorial rerun inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Kogi West senatorial rerun election inconclusive.

The Returning Officer, Olayinde Lawal, made this pronouncement on Sunday, November 17.

Lawal revealed the margin between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Smart Adeyemi and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dino Melaye is 20,570.

He announced that Adeyemi polled a total of 80,118 votes; while Melaye got 59,548 votes from the seven Local Government Areas in the senatorial district.

Lawal explained that the total margin between both candidates is lower than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were cancelled.

He added that INEC will announce a new date for the conduct of a supplementary election in the 53 polling units before a winner can be returned.

Meanwhile, Melaye has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); not to accept results from polling units where ballot boxes were snatched.

Specifically, it was reported that the polling unit 01 in Ayetoro ward 004; where Melaye voted on Saturday; was attacked by armed thugs who allegedly snatched the ballot boxes.

The development sparked violence, with journalists covering the election attacked and one of their vehicles destroyed.

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Melaye claimed the hoodlums were working for the APC and that they had been arrested by the police.

He said, “All these areas where they have taken ballot boxes; and ballot papers away should not be entertained to all at the collation centre. So that only valid votes will count because once a ballot box has been taken away; the integrity of those votes is completely questionable.”

Mayowa Oladeji

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