INEC To Hold Supplementary Election In Violence Ravaged Areas

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will conduct a supplementary election in “a number of locations it could not conclude the election due to disruptions and deliberate non-compliance with the use of the Smart Card Reader.”

According to the Commission’s press release:

“The meeting noted a number of cancellations in certain area due to violence, which prevented the Commission from deploying personnel and materials for the election. In a number of locations, it could not conclude the elections due to disruption and deliberate non-compliance with the use of the Smart Card Reader, contrary to the INEC regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections.”

Consequently, the meeting decided that supplementary elections will be conducted in areas where the election did not take place or where returns could not be made on Saturday, 9th March 2019 alongside the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

On security, the Commission said, “while acknowledging their professionalism in the deployment of election personnel and materials in a safe and timely manner, the conduct of certain members of the security agencies in some states is a matter of serious concern to the commission.”

The Commission vowed to investigate and tackle it “within the ambit of the inter-agency consultative committee on the election security.”

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