- Senator David Mark says INEC should avoid declaring elections inconclusive because of the emotional and physical stress it causes for politicians and voters
- The former Senate president notes that inconclusive elections are unhealthy for both politicians and the electorate as it brings disillusionment to both parties
- The senator urges INEC to be upright and diligent in conducting elections to avoid running into inconclusive poll
A former president of the Senate, David Mark, has urged the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) to avoid declaring elections inconclusive.
Mark disclosed this when he spoke with newsmen on Saturday, March 23, in Otukpo, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“The additional costs of conducting the supplementary elections and the emotional and physical stress politicians and voters go through can be avoided if INEC do the right thing.
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” The exercise is unhealthy for both politicians and the electorate; it brings disillusionment to both parties,” he said.
According to him, the concept of inconclusive election is strange and unknown even to the constitution.
He urged INEC to be upright and diligent in conducting elections to avoid running into inconclusive poll.
”If declaration of inconclusive elections is allowed to stay it will rather encourage some politicians not to present themselves to the electorate but wait to disrupt elections so that it will be declared inconclusive," he noted.
”I advice people to go into elections devoid of violence. If you win through the proper will of the electorate, you will earn their respect.
”Politicians should strive to ensure that they win elections through free, fair and credible means,” he said.
Supplementary elections are holding in Bauchi, Plateau, Sokoto, Benue and Kano states following the inconclusive governorship elections recorded in the affected states.
In another report, four officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been reportedly abducted in Bauchi state, The Cable reports.
The incident reportedly happened at Jamare local government registration area 02 with Polling Unit Code 010. A staff of INEC who escaped said the armed security operatives came in seven Toyota Hilux vans.
A staff of INEC who escaped said the armed security operatives came in seven Toyota Hilux vans.
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