The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the suspension of collation of the governorship election result from Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi state.
This follows a high court order which stopped the collation of results from the local government area on Friday, March 19.
The electoral umpire said it will only continue with the collation of the House of Assembly result from the local government since the court did not rule concerning it.
Television Continental reports that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Bauchi state, Ibrahim Abdullahi, explained that the electoral umpire will decide on the next step of action.
The collation by INEC was to resume by 2pm on Tuesday, March 19, at the state collation centre before it was halted.
INEC had said its decision followed the consideration of the report submitted by Mohammed Kyari, the INEC returning officer in the state.
Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC was on Tuesday, March 19, prevented from collating the results of the Bauchi gubernatorial poll by a Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by one Justice Inyang Ekwo.
The court order was made following a suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi. It will remain valid until the determination of the suit is made.
The plaintiffs, in their suits, are jointly saying that the electoral body cannot review what a collation officer has cancelled.
The plaintiffs also declare that the electoral body cannot throw away its earlier resolve to conduct a supplementary election in the state.
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Added to this, both the APC and Abubakar are of the view that only the court. and not INEC, can over-run the declaration of the poll as inconclusive by the electoral officer.
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