Breaking: INEC Declares Benue State Guber Polls inconclusive
The March 9 governorship polls in Banue State has been declared inconclusive.
The Collation Officer, Professor Sebastine Maimako made the declaration at the state’s Collation Centre located within the INEC headquarters in Makurdi on Monday.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] was already in clear lead with 410, 576 votes when the election proceeding was so declared.
His All Progressives Congress [APC] counterpart trailed behind with 329, 022 votes.
Making the declaration, Professor Maimako said: “First maximum vote, PDP with 410, 586, APC with 329, 022 with margin of lead, 81, 554.
“Total cancelled votes documented is 122, 019; on the basis of this, I hereby declare the election inconclusive,” he stated.
So far, the outcomes of the March 9 governorship elections in some states were declared inconclusive due to reasons ranging from widespread violence to margin differences.
For Sokoto, 75, 403 votes were cancelled which were higher than 3, 413 margin difference.
In Plateau, the total number of votes cancelled was more than the difference in the number of votes of the two major candidates.
Bauchi state’s election was declared inconclusive because the margin between the winner and opponent was less than the total number of votes cancelled in some polling units.
In Adamawa, the number of cancellations was higher than the margin of lead votes between the two contestants and a new date for the rerun election would be fixed.
However, in Rivers, the entire electoral process was suspended until further notice due to widespread violence and disruptions that characterised the state’s elections.