- The Independent National Electoral Commission says supplementary elections have improved quality of elections in Nigeria
- The electoral umpire says supplementary elections have reduced the margin between the winner and the runner up during elections
- INEC national commissioner in charge of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states, Abubakar Nahuche, made the assertion on Friday, March 29
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Friday, March 29, said supplementary elections have helped in the improvement of quality of elections in the country.
The assertion was made by the INEC national commissioner in charge of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states, Abubakar Nahuche, while presenting certificates of return to Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state and 34 elected members of the state House of Assembly in Kastina, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng notes that Nahuche said: “The 2019 general election has generated a lot of interests and debate particularly on declaring election inconclusive requiring supplementary election.
“It shows improvement in the quality of election in recent times. It has reduced the margin between the winner and the runner up during the election."
Citing examples, he said: “In Adamawa, the margin between the winner and the runner up is over 32,000 votes and the cancelled votes were about 40,900.
“The runner up need over 60 per cent of the cancelled votes to win the election.
“While in Sokoto state, the margin was over 3,400 votes while the cancelled votes were over 75,000, so, the election can go both ways, both of them can win the election as we have seen."
On his part, the INEC resident electoral commissioner in the state, Alhaji Jibril Zarewa, said: "We will look at process and procedures with a view to reviewing them to further strengthen the areas of strength and address shortcomings."
Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that steep competition among leading political parties in the country was largely responsible for the inconclusive elections recorded during 2019 elections.
The INEC national commissioner for north central zone, Professor Antonia Simbine, stated this on Thursday, March 28, while presenting certificate of return to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state.
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She said: “One is the reality that our democracy is deepening incrementally having conducted the sixth successive election without an interregnum; there is improved integrity in the electoral system.
“The elections are becoming more and more competitive and the margin between winners and runners-up are decreasing to the extent that in many instances elections into the executive and legislatures are increasingly becoming inconclusive."
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