Sunday 22 November 2015

3 Reasons Why INEC Declared Kogi Elections Inconclusive

The governorship election in Kogi State has been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Many blogs and online portal had earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Abubakar Audu, was winner of the election, which held on Saturday after he scored majority of the votes cast in 16 out of the 21 Local Government Areas that make up the state.

Audu Abubarkar, was reported to have garnered a total of 240, 867 votes while his opponent and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Idris Wada, polled a total 199,514 votes in the remaining five LGAs.

However, a technicality was discovered in the election by the Returning Officer, Prof. Emmanuel Kucha (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi), who said the margin of votes between Audu and Wada is 41,353 – lesser than the total number of registered voters in 91 polling units, in 18 local government areas, where election was cancelled is 49,953.

– Number of cancelled votes that was higher than the margin between the leading candidate and the runner-up.
– After the 21 local councils’ election results were collated on Sunday, the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Abubakar Audu, was leading while the incumbent Governor, Captain Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic trailed by a margin less than the number of cancelled votes.
– The commission said 49,953 votes were canceled, which was higher than the margin between the leading candidate and the runner-up.

Therefore, based on INEC guidelines, there was no clear winner until supplementary election is held in areas where it was cancelled.

The final results as announced by the INEC:
ACCORD – 199
AA – 120
ACD – 472
AD – 163
AEC – 678
APA – 1938
APC – 240,867
APGA – 584
CPP – 587
DPC – 456
DPP – 457
ID – 174
KOWA – 134
LP – 8756
NCP – 346
NNPP – 282
PDC – 861
PDP – 199,514
PPA – 2973
PPM – 231
SDP – 86
UDP – 105

Difference between the APC and the PDP totals 41,353.

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