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INEC declares Niger East by-election inconclusive

01 September 2014, 15:15

Minna - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Saturday’s Niger East by-election inconclusive.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Wole Morenikeji, said there were alleged electoral malpractices and irregularities in seven units in four local governments.

The units are in Rafi, Shiroro, Muyan and Paikoro local governments.

Morenikeji said a supplementary poll would hold in the affected units on Saturday, before the final result of the poll could be announced.

But details of the results declared so far, showed that the candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Shem Zagbayi Nuhu, led with 89 634 votes, against David Umaru of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 84 689 votes.

A breakdown of the result showed that the PDP candidate won in six of the nine local governments in the senatorial district.

Confirming the development, INEC’s Head of Information in Niger State, Mohammed Waze, said until the supplementary election is held, the winner cannot be declared.

Waze, who spoke on the phone, said: “The Niger East by-election is inconclusive. A supplementary poll will hold on Saturday so that a winner will emerge and the final result will be released.”

The seat became vacant on June 12, following the death of Senator Dahiru Aweisu Kuta.

Also read: Police stop APC rally in Minna

-   NAN

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