Just In: INEC Cancels Bauchi Supplementary Poll, Set to Announce Result

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cancelled the scheduled supplementary election in Bauchi State.

Bauchi was among the six states that the commission fixed supplementary poll for March 23, following the disruption of the collation of the governorship and state assembly elections held March 9.

But in a statement Saturday, INEC said the collation process in the state will resume on Tuesday.

Festus Okoye, chairman, INEC information and voter education committee, said the committee found out that results of March 9 elections in Tafawa Balewa local government area, where suspected thugs disrupted the process, were still intact.

“The governorship and state assembly elections were held on the 9th March 2019 in Tafawa Balewa local government area and the votes scored by candidates were announced at the polling units and collated at the 11 registration areas of the local government,” he said.

“Halfway into the local government collation, armed gangs attacked the collation centre and destroyed the local government result sheet (EC8C) and some collated results from the Registration Areas. The results of 7 out of 11 Registration Areas for Governorship and 6 out of 11 for State Assembly elections were affected.

“INEC guidelines provide that where violent disruption affects collation in this manner, results should be regenerated from duplicate copies on a replacement result sheet. The Collation Officer, under pressure from Party Agents who could not wait for the arrival of a replacement result sheet, decided to collate the result on an available RA result sheet instead of the replacement LGA result sheet. When the result was presented at the State Governorship Collation Centre, the Returning Officer rejected the regenerated result because it was on a wrong result sheet.”

Bala Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was ahead of incumbent governor, Abubakar Mohammed of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by about 4000 votes.

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