The main headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers of Wednesday, March 13, are focused on the Saturday, March 23 rerun elections in six states. The states include Adamawa, Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states.
The Guardian reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed supplementary governorship elections in six states for Saturday, March 23. The commission declared elections in the states inconclusive.
The states include Plateau, Sokoto, Bauchi, Benue, Adamawa and Kano.
The national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, on Tuesday, March 12, said “supplementary elections will also hold in polling units in all states where state Assembly elections were declared inconclusive and winners could not be declared".
According to Okoye, the details of the constituencies including number of polling units and registered voters would be published on Wednesday, March 13.
The Nation reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in a war of words on Tuesday, March 12, ahead of the Saturday, March 23 supplementary elections in six states.
The two parties bragged about their capacity to coast home to victory in the supplementary elections.
Jonathan Ishaku, chairman of Governor Simon Lalong's Second Term Campaign Council (Media) on Tuesday, March 12, said the party and its candidate were ready for the poll in Plateau state.
He said: “The party had resolved from the moment they declared the election inconclusive that we were going to cooperate with INEC for the re-run.
“Obviously, the re-run is an exercise we need to use to justify the victory of our party at the poll. The people of the state have voted massively for the APC, the results are there. So, the re-run is in our interest and we welcome the new date with both arms.”
Also, the state publicity secretary of the PDP, John Akans, said the date fixed by the electoral umpire is convenient for the party and its candidate.
Akans said: “The re-run itself is a constitutional provision and, as a law abiding party, we will prepare and mobilise our supporters to come out and vote for our party.”
This Day also reports that there would be supplementary elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states.
The national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said: “The elections were declared inconclusive for a combination of reasons, mainly the discontinuation of use of the Smart Card Readers midway into the elections or the failure to deploy them, over-voting and widespread disruption in many polling units.
In compliance with the Margin of Lead Principle derived from Sections 26 and 53 of the Electoral Act MM (as amended) and paragraph 41(e) and 43(b) of the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of elections, the outcome of these elections could not be determined without conducting polls in the affected polling units. Hence the Commission’s decision to conduct supplementary elections in line with this principle.”
The Punch reports that INEC would be conducting supplementary elections on Saturday, March 23 in six states where March 9 elections were declared inconclusive.
In a statement issued by the national officer and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said: “The Returning Officers in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states declared the governorship elections inconclusive. Consequently, the commission will conduct supplementary elections on Saturday, March 23, 2019 to conclude the process.”
Vanguard reports that after the meeting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held in Abuja on Tuesday, March 12, the electoral body fixed Saturday, March 23 for supplementary elections in six states.
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The commission met on Tuesday, March 12 and reviewed the conduct of the 29 governorship and 991 state constituency elections held on Saturday, March 9.
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