INEC fixes Nov 30 for Kogi West supplementary election

Dino Melaye and Smart Adeyemi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 30 for the supplementary election in Kogi West senatorial district.

Chairman of INEC’s information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye made the announcement in a statement on Thursday.

The statement read: “The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today Thursday 21, November 2019 and fixed 30th November 2019 for the conduct of the Supplementary and re-run elections for Kogi West Senatorial District and Ajaokuta Federal Constituency respectively,” he said.

“At the conclusion of the court-ordered Kogi West Senatorial re-run election on 16th November 2019, supplementary polls were indicated by the Collation/Returning Officer for the Senatorial District, affecting 20 Registration Areas. 53 Polling Units and 46,767 Registered Voters spread across 7 Local Government Areas of the Senatorial District.

“In addition. the court ordered the conduct of Supplementary re~run poll in Ajaokuta Federal Constituency affecting 22 Polling Units. Collation procedures shall be in line with extant Guidelines for Collation at the Supplementary polls.

“The list of affected Registration Areas and Polling Units will be uploaded on our website and communicated to the stakeholders in the respective Registration Areas and Polling Units.”

Recall that the returning officer, Olayinde Lawal on Sunday declared the Kogi west senatorial rerun election inconclusive, stating that the number of cancelled votes is higher than the margin between the top two candidates.

Smart Adeyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled a total of 80,118 votes while Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 59,548 votes.

The difference between both candidate is 20,570 while 43,127 votes were cancelled.

Lawal stated that declaring the election inconclusive is in accordance with the electoral act.

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