March 29, 2019

Inconclusive polls, indication of improved integrity of electoral process —INEC

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Kaduna— Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said the spate of inconclusiveness in the last polls was an indication that the elections are becoming more competitive, adding that the integrity of the electoral process is improving.

Its National Commissioner in charge of Kaduna, Plateau, Niger and FCT,  Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, stated this in Kaduna, yesterday, while presenting certificates of return to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and 34 elected members of the state House of Assembly.

While congratulating the governor, legislators, and the people of Kaduna State for their peaceful conduct before, during and after the elections, Okoosi-Simbine said: “Our democracy is deepening incrementally, having conducted the sixth successful election without interregnum.

“There is improved integrity in the system as elections are becoming more and more competitive and the margin between winners and runner-ups are decreasing to the extent that in many instances elections into the executive and legislatures are increasingly inconclusive.

“This explained why the phenomenon of inconclusive elections appears to have increased. Seeking redress in the courts  is consistent with the culture of democracy rather than resorting to self-help.

“Lack of internal democracy in the parties and the desperation of candidates and their supporters driven by the fear of losing all tend to compound the problem.”