INEC Announces Date For Adamawa and Kebbi Supplementary Elections. The commission announced that supplementary elections for National and State House of Assembly will take place on Saturday, 15th April 2023. The decision was taken after a meeting held on Monday, 27th March 2023. Recall that some National and State House of Assembly elections in some parts of the country were declared inconclusive due to violence and other reasons.
Kebbi State in northern Nigeria is one of the states where INEC declared the governorship election inconclusive. Supplementary National Assembly and State Assembly elections will also take place in some polling units within some wards that were declared inconclusive. INEC Announces Date For Adamawa and Kebbi Supplementary Elections.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the two major political parties battling for the governorship seat in Kebbi State. On Monday, 21st March 2023, the collation and returning officer of the election, Professor Yusuf Sa’idu of Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, announced the cancellation of results in some polling units across registration areas in 20 out of the 21 local government areas in the state.
Section 51(2) and (3) of the Electoral Act 2022 were used as guidance for the inconclusive election. The section states that where the number of votes cast in an election in any polling unit is greater than the number of accredited voters for that polling unit, the presiding officer shall cancel the result of the election for that polling unit. Subsection three of section 51 also says where the result of an election is cancelled in accordance with subsection two, no one shall be returned until another election takes place in the affected polling units. INEC Announces Date For Adamawa and Kebbi Supplementary Elections.
In Adamawa State, INEC also declared the governorship election inconclusive. After collating the results, it was revealed that Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the PDP scored the highest votes. However, the votes cancelled were more than the margin of victory between Mr Fintiri and the runner-up, Aisha Dahiru of the APC. After the official coalition, Mr Fintiri beat Mrs Dahiru Binani with over 30,000 votes. The incumbent governor scored 421,524 votes while Mrs Dahiru Binani scored 390,275 votes. Mr Fintiri also won the election in 13 out of the 21 local government areas in Adamawa State while Mrs Dahiru Binani won the remaining eight. INEC Announces Date For Adamawa and Kebbi Supplementary Elections.
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Meanwhile, INEC has announced that it will begin giving certificates of return to governors, deputy governors-elect, and State House of Assembly members-elect from Wednesday, 29th March 2023, to Friday, 31st March 2023. According to the law, INEC is supposed to give certificates of return within 14 days after the election. The presentation of the certificates of return will take place at the INEC offices in the states.
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