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INEC still consulting on Bayelsa election

10 December 2015, 17:39

Yenagoa - Three days after the governorship election in Bayelsa State was declared inconclusive, the‎ Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not decided on a date for the supplementary election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state. reports Leadership.

The commission said it was still consulting with relevant stakeholders over the matter.

Also read: INEC postpones final collation of Bayelsa poll results

INEC’s director, Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said the commission will fixed a date after it finishes with the consultation.

The Electoral Act gives INEC 14 days to conduct a supplementary election where there is an inconclusive poll.

It would be recalled that the Returning Officer for Bayelsa governorship election, Professor Zana Akpagu, Monday, declared the election inconclusive, saying it is premised on violence and lawlessness that took place in Southern Ijaw Local Government.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Seriake Dickson, was leading in six out of seven local government areas where the results were released. 

But candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Timpre Sylva, rejected the cancellation of Souther Ijaw Local Government and is challenging the INEC’s decision in court. ‎He won in only one local government.

Read more at Leadership. 

- News 24


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