By Salihi Abubakar Bello
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reaffirmed that declaring election result inconclusive is within constitutional confinement and the threshold of the agency.
This was made known by INEC National Commissioner on information and voter education, Barrister Festus Okoye during a meeting of stakeholders on Expanding Voter Access to Polling Units held at Mambayya House, Kano organised by INEC, Kano state office, yesterday.
He said until there would be constitutional amendment, Nigerians would continue to witness the situation where election results be declared inconclusive.
He explained that inconclusive arises when election was marred with violence, inability of candidate to win required votes or required Local Government Areas, couldn’t satisfy certain constitutional provisions and INEC threshold that election will inevitably be declared inconclusive or cancelled.
Barr. Okoye however reminded that recently a Supreme Court has ruled that any political party that doesn’t met INEC threshold be deregistered by INEC.
Meanwhile, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC Prof. Risqua A. Shehu said the word inconclusive is the creation of politicians not an initiation of INEC, saying it’s within the mandate of INEC to declare election result inconclusive and order fresh election if it isn’t satisfied with the outcome of the exercise.
He maintained that as long the election couldn’t meet the constitutional provisions and the threshold of INEC, that election would be cancelled.