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INEC suspends collation of gubernatorial election results in Kano on security reports

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano has suspended the collation of results for the Saturday’s Governorship election.

An electoral official looks at documents at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 10, 2019. – Nigeria’s election authorities announced the suspension of activities in volatile opposition-held Rivers State on March 10 citing violence and threats to its staff, as tensions rise in the wake of closely-watched regional elections. Counting is continuing across the country after the March 9 elections for governors in 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states, all state assemblies and administrative councils in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. Results are expected in the coming days. (Photo AFP)

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Riskuwa Arab-Shehu announced this after the collation of results from the 43 out of the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

The INEC Commissioner said the suspension was necessary because of reports of the security challenges from the only local government left to be announced in the governorship elections results.

Newsmen report that the result of Nassarawa local government is being awaited.

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According to the REC, the results were snatched away from the collation centre, and that the electoral body will refer to its primary and secondary database to generate the result from the polling units and wards.

Arab-Shehu explained that INEC will generate the result, verify and consider those that are acceptable within the electoral law.

He added that party agents would be invited for the verification of the results to ensure transparency during the regeneration of the results. (NAN)

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