Kogi West: INEC picks November 30 for supplementary election
•Ajaokuta Federal Constituency re-run to hold same day
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced November 30 for the supplementary election to conclude the Kogi West Senatorial by-election.
The Commission last weekend declared as inconclusive the election of the November 16 Kogi West Senatorial District because the margin of win was less than the total cancelled votes.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Smart Adeyemi had scored a total of 80,118 votes while his rival and Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Senator Dino Melaye, scored 59,548 votes.
INEC in a statement signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, said it would simultaneously conduct a re-run election in the Ajaokuta Federal Constituency seat same day.
Okoye further revealed that areas, where the elections would be conducted, would be uploaded on the Commission’s website.
The statement, however, pleaded with all political parties and stakeholders to cooperate with its personnel so that it could eventually deliver a conclusive exercise.
The statement read in part:
“The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today Thursday 21st of November, 2019 and fixed 30th November 2019 for the conduct of the Supplementary and re-run elections for Kogi West Senatorial District and Ajaokuta Federal Constituency respectively.
“At the conclusion of the court-ordered Kogi West Senatorial re-run election on 16th November, 2019, supplementary polls were indicated by the Collation/Retuming Officer for the Senatorial District, affecting 20 Registration Areas, 53 Polling Units and 46,767 Registered Voters, spread across 7 Local Government Areas of the Senatorial District.
“In addition, the court ordered the conduct of Supplementary re-run poll in Ajaokuta Federal Constituency affecting 22 Polling Units.
“Collation procedures shall be in line with extant Guidelines for Collation at the Supplementary polls.
“The list of affected Registration Areas and Polling Units will be uploaded on our website and communicated to the stakeholders in the respective Registration Areas and Polling Units.
“We enjoin all the political parties and stakeholders to cooperate with the Commission for conclusive free and credible elections in the affected areas.”