INEC declares Ibadan North-East/Ibadan South-East Federal Constituency election inconclusive
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared the Ibadan North East/Ibadan South East Federal Constituency election inconclusive.
Press reports that the election was held in the two local government areas that make up the federal constituency on Saturday.
The returning officer of the election, Dr. Akanni Lawanson, declared the election as inconclusive on Monday.
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Lawanson spoke at Mapo Hall in Ibadan.
He explained that he could not declare winner of the election because the number of collected Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, in some units where elections were not held or cancelled exceeded the margin between the two leading candidates.
Lawanson said that the margin between the two was about 650 votes while the PVCs in question were in excess of 1,200.
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He spoke further by saying that INEC may arrange election in the affected areas.
Lawanson said, “In the last few days, we have gone through the stages of collation. The two local government results were submitted to me and based on what was submitted, I clarified the content of what was submitted with the agent in each of those LGA.
"The condition is that I compare the information and invoke margin of lead concept in terms of considering the instances where either elections were not held or there was cancellation.
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"The number of PVCs where elections were cancelled or not held should be taken into consideration and be compared with the margin of lead. When the margin of lead is in excess of the summation of the PVCs collected from those poling booths where election were not held or cancelled”.
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