INEC indefinitely suspends collation of gubernatorial results in Kano

Acheme Jack & Na'ankwat Dariem Kano

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Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has indefinitely suspended collation of results for the gubernatorial election in Kano state north western Nigeria citing disruption in the process of result collation in Nassarawa Local Government Area of the state.

Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state Professor Riskwa Shehu, after two hours of recess over security report said based on the development “collation of results for the gubernatorial election could not continue.”

According to him, “hoodlums at the local government collation centre tore the result sheet which was ready to be conveyed to Kano INEC office for final announcement.”

He said the electoral umpire would have to regenerate the result from primary and secondary data to collate a new result in accordance with rules and regulations guiding INEC

He did not give specific date or time for the regeneration of the result but assured that “all the Party agents at the INEC collation centre be invited to participate in the whole process to ensure transparency.”

Nassarawa LGA result was the last being expected out of the 44 council areas for the winner of the gubernatorial election in Kano state declared.

On the over 80 thousand invalid votes recorded amongst the collated results for the 43 LGAs, the Chief returning officer of the state, Professor Bibi Shehu of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi said “they will be screened according to INEC guideline in order to come out with genuine cases.”

Based on the development the Deputy Governor of the state Nasir Gawuna and the Commissioner for Local government Sule Garo were taken to the Bompai Police headquarters from the scene of the crime for protective custody and questioning.

It would be recalled that the INEC had earlier adjourned collation of results until 4am before announcing the indefinite suspension.

 

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