INEC prepares for final decisions on Rivers, Bauchi governorship elections

INEC prepares for final decisions on Rivers, Bauchi governorship elections

- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will decide on the governorship elections in Rivers and Bauchi

- INEC, which obeyed a court order on the collation of final results in Bauchi, says guidelines concerning the exercise in Rivers will be released

- The commission is already opposing the jurisdiction of the court to halt the exercise in Bauchi state

A final decision is to be taken by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) concerning the governorship elections in Rivers and Bauchi states which were earlier declared inconclusive.

The decision, which would be taken on Wednesday, March 20, is for the consideration of the continuation of election processes in the two states.

INEC earlier obeyed a court order halting the collation of the governorship election result in the Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi state on Tuesday, March 19.

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The commission has also filed a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the exparte application filed by the Bauchi governor, Mohammed Abubakar, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to stop it from collation and declaration of result.

The commission is said to be awaiting a final decision from a court sitting on Wednesday, March 20, to take a stand.

The commission is also expected to release a final guideline for the continuation of election results in Rivers.

Leadership reports that Rotimi Oyekanmi, the chief press secretary to the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, said the guidelines for the continuation of the collation of results in Rivers would be released while the completion of the governorship election exercise from Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi state would be considered.

“The commission will tomorrow (today) release the detailed timeline and activities for the completion of the governorship and the state house of assembly elections which was suspended in Rivers state.

“We have always obeyed the court orders, as we are law abiding organisation.

“The commission shall take a decision after the proceedings of the court that ordered the stoppage of the continuation of collation of results in the affected local government in Bauchi.

“This did not affect the state assembly election in Tafawa Balewa local government,” Oyekanmi said.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) rejected the outcome of the governorship elections in Bauchi state over alleged omission of its logo on the ballot papers for the elections.

The party's position was made known in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, March 18 and signed by it’s state secretary, Alhaji Sani M. Waziri.

The PDM spokesman stated that the leadership and members of the party considered the omission of its logo by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as “mischievous injustice” and “absolute violation of our right to vote and be voted for.”

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