The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared inconclusive the governorship election held in Benue state on Saturday, March 9.
Premium Times report that INEC said the decision was expedient following its observation that a high number of electorates were either not able to vote or election did not hold in their communities.
Legit.ng gathers that the commission's returning officer in the state, Sebastian Maimako, however, said the incumbent Governor Samuel Ortom polled the highest number of votes in the election, having scored 410,576.
He added that the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime, was second on the figure list having polled a total number of 329,022 votes.
The governorship election in no fewer than three states have been declared inconclusive by INEC.
Legit.ng previously reported that INEC declared as “inconclusive”, outcome of the governorship election held in Bauchi state.
Prof. Mohammed Kyari, Returning Officer, who made the declaration, said that apart from the cancellation of the result from entire Tafawa Balewa local government area because of irregularities, the outcome of the exercise in some other polling units also suffered the same fate.
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The March 9 governorship election in Sokoto state has also been declared inconclusive. The Returning officer of INEC, Professor Fatima Batul Mukhtar, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutse, who declared the election inconclusive said that the number of cancelled votes in the state exceeded the winning margin.
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