Niger Senatorial Election: INEC Declares Election Inconclusive

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Updated August 31, 2014

Ballot Box_voting.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Niger-east Senatorial election inconclusive.

The returning officer, Professor Wole Moreenikeji, on Sunday, said that due to violence and irregularities recorded in seven polling units across four Local Government Areas, the results of the polling units had been cancelled.

He, however, said that a re-run of the election in the affected polling units would hold on September 6.

It was an election meant to feel the vacant seat of late Senator Dahiru Awaisu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who died on  June 12. A general low turnout of voters was witnessed in all the polling units.

Despite the low turnout of voters, the few that voted gave a pass mark to the INEC.

The All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Mr David Umuru, after casting his vote was confident of victory in the polls, but his hopes were tampered when the election was declared inconclusive due to violence and other irregularities witnessed during the election.

In some polling units, voters were seen battling to find their names on the register, a development that the electorates raised concerns over.

In the results announced by the returning officer, Professor Moreenikeji, Nuhu Zaibay of the People’s Democratic Party led with 89,698 votes while David Umuru of the All Progressives Congress had so far pulled 84,640 votes.

Professor Moreenikeji said that a re-run election would hold on September 6, but the issues raised have highlighted the need for the electoral commission to address the irregularities and for the security agencies to adopt a more efficient security strategy to ensure a free, fair and violent free election.