Abuja - Contrary to widespread belief that the 2015 general elections were the most credible, free and fair, the polls recorded the highest number of annulled elections in the country since 2007, reports New Telegraph.
A total of 96 elections conducted in 2015 have so far been nullified by the courts as against 34 in 2011 and 20 in 2007.
The 2015 figure surpasses the 2007 and 2011 figures combined.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu gave the statistical analysis of the three previous elections conducted between 2007 and 2015 during his first meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja on Tuesday.
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He said the annulled elections ranged from, State Houses of Assembly, National Assembly (Senatorial and House of Representatives) as well as governorship elections,
Yakubu explained that out of the 96 nullified elections, the Appeal Court ordered fresh elections in 81 while INEC was ordered to issue certificate of return to 15 rightful winners of the elections.
He said the commission would be saddled with the task of conducting elections into the vacancies created by the annulled polls by the first quarter of this year in compliance with constitutional requirements that rerun elections be conducted within 90 days.
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- News 24