Wednesday, 13 March 2019

2019 Election: We Are Tabulating Our Findings Says US, As INEC Fixes March 23 To Conclude Inconclusive Polls

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The United States says it is tabulating each of its findings on the 2019 general elections with the understanding of ensuring proper response to it
The US said it was actively involved with political happenings in the country, particularly regarding the 2019 election.
The US Assistant secretary of state, Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor made this known to journalists through a telephone press conference on Tuesday

Nagy said during the build-up to the elections, the US Ambassador, Stuart Symington, and his team took many steps to ensure that things went smoothly.
The US official said in the pre-election period, in the election period and currently, in the post-election period, they are providing phenomenal guidance to Washington on how the US Government should and should not respond to the election-related matters.
He said, “So, just rest assured that the United States of America Embassy and the Consulate in Lagos, are actively involved and are doing an absolutely superb job to monitor events and to provide guides on how Washington should react to whatever the events there are.
Meanwhile, the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 23, 2019, for all inconclusive election across the country which includes Plateau, Sokoto, Bauchi Benue, Adamawa and Kano.
According to a statement, yesterday by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, “supplementary elections will also hold in polling units in all states where state Assembly elections were declared inconclusive and winners could not be declared.”
It added that details of the constituencies including a number of polling units and registered voters would be published today.
Besides, to prevent a violent reaction against the declaration of the Kano State governorship election as inconclusive, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi has cautioned the stakeholders against making unofficial and false comments on the outcome of the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation officer, Prof. Bello Shehu, had said that the election became inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes was more than the margin figure between the two leading political parties.
According to him, the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje won in 28 local government areas with a total of 987,819 votes., while Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in 16 local government areas with the highest 1,014,474 votes.
Despite the PDP clear lead with 26,655, the verdict for a rerun was made due to the number of cancelled votes which stood at 141,694 votes, higher than the 26,655 with which Yusuf is beating Ganduje.
Votes were cancelled in 234 polling units, including the controversial Gama Ward in Nassarawa Local Government Area.
Bello explained that the majority of the votes were cancelled, especially in Nassarawa, due to an invasion of the collation centre by suspected political thugs who destroyed electoral materials and carted away some original results sheets.
Earlier, the collation officer for the Nassarawa Local Government, Prof. Ibrahim Kalil Abdulsalam, who narrated how he was maltreated by the hoodlums, said the results sheets were carted away as polls officials scampered for safety.
Ibrahim said the incident occurred about 1:00 a.m. on Monday when the collation of 10 out of 11 wards had already been concluded. According to him, the security lapses at the scene forced INEC to order that the collation is shifted to the commission’s head office.
The police have confirmed the arrest of Kano Commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sule Garo, and Chairman, Nassarawa Local Council, Sani Lamin, for allegedly leading the hoodlums to disrupt the electoral process at the collation centre.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Abdullahi, said the suspects were already being charged to court.
In Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom and PDP candidate appealed to the people to remain calm following the declaration of the gubernatorial election as inconclusive.
Ortom, in a statement by his Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, expressed appreciation to the people for their peaceful conduct during the election and urged them to continue to be law-abiding.

According to him, the results of the governorship poll, as well as those of the national and state assembly elections, have demonstrated that the PDP remains their preferred choice.

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