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Taraba State result declared inconclusive

2015-04-13 22:47
A poster of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been covered with a poster of leading opposition All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari along the  ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the governorship election in Taraba State inconclusive.

The initial result put the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) atv317 198 and the All Progressive Congress (APC) at 262386, the Returning Officer for the state Professor Mohammed Kyari, ruled the outcome inconclusive since the number of cancelled votes was more than the number of the different votes margin between both parties.

While the difference of the vote cast between the two parties is 54 812, the number of the cancelled votes which led to the declaration of the election was inclusive is 127 125.

Since the number of the cancelled votes is more than the difference between the two leading parties, then the election in Taraba State is inconclusive, said Kyari.

Also read: INEC release official statement on the elections

With this development, governorship election in the affected areas is expected to be conducted in the next 30 days.

The election would be conducted only in areas where votes were rejected.

Such areas as observed include the entire 165 polling units in Donga Local Government Council.

Other areas are the Chanchagi ward of Takum local government area and some polling units in Wukari council.

Elections result were cancelled in these areas following pockets of violence that erupted in the areas which include snatching of election material, destruction of card readers and adoption of INEC staff.

Observers and some party agents had frowned at the decision of the returning officer to annul the entire elections of Donga local government while only five polling units were said to have recorded skirmishes. 

- CAJ News
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