INEC to proceed with Supplementary election in Bauchi – Official

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will proceed with supplementary elections in Bauchi State on Saturday.

The commission says a court order barring it from collating and announcing results only applied to Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in Bauchi.

“It should, however, be noted that the litigation and consequential order only affects the collation of results for the governorship election in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area,” he said.

The result of Tafawa Balewa local government was not announced after the March 9 governorship election because the result sheet was initially torn by thugs.

Although the INEC official at the local government later collated the result on a separate result sheet, it was rejected at the state collation centre.

INEC said it has since generated the results from the various polling units and wards in the local government and was set to announce it.

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Mohammed Abubakar, secured a court injunction barring INEC from proceeding to announce the result of the local government.

INEC has since said it will obey the court order.

On Thursday, INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said supplementary elections earlier scheduled for Saturday will continue in other parts of Bauchi were elections were cancelled or did not hold.

“Consequently the supplementary election will proceed as scheduled on Saturday the 23rd day of March 2019 in the other 15 local government areas of Bauchi State as well as in the Kirifi local government constituency election in Kirifi local government area.”

The commission also said it has taken steps to vacate the court order on Tafawa Balewa local government.

“While the commission has complied with the policy to obey all court orders, in defence of the rule of law, it has also taken urgent steps to vacate the order and dismiss the action,” he said.

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bala Mohammed, was leading the APC candidate before the Bauchi election was declared inconclusive

As reported from premiumtimes


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