Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has declared that election in Nigeria has become a do-or-die affair among politicians in the country.
Speaking at a parley with the Media, Prof Yakubu said “nobody likes election not to be concluded, there are reasons behind inconclusiveness of elections which most people may not know”.
According him, “Section 26 and 53 of the Electoral Acts are very clear on issues of elections, section 53 is even more clearer where there is over-voting when the ballot cast exceeded the registered and accredited voters, INEC should declare the election inconclusive”.
On stating some of the reasons elections are inconclusive in some parts of the country, “thank God for deployment of technology in the conduct of elections in the country now, today, election counts, Nigerians had clamored for strong Political Parties in the past, instead of a particular party winning by landslide, elections are now competitive and the margin of victory is now so narrow, we have two strong Political Parties in the country”.
“Before the advent of the present leadership of INEC, there was inconclusive elections in some states, there was inconclusive election in Imo, the case of Bayelsa is a very unique case; one of the gubernatorial aspirant was a former Governor while the other happened to be the incumbent, it was equally not all that different in Rivers State too, where it’s all about the bigwigs”.
“When election is declared inconclusive nobody sleeps until the election is over and results declared-we have responsibility as Managers of public trust in Nigeria, in cases where violence is mild we conclude election quickly, in conveying the sensitive and the non sensitive materials we connive with the members of the National Union of Road Transport workers NURTW, some of them saw what happened to their vehicle; we will try to conduct good, credible and conclusive elections”.
On the issue of low turn-out that marred both the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Area Council polls and the re run, “voter education is different from voter mobilization, political Parties and Civil Societies should mobilize the voters, it is easier to organize general elections than re run elections as all eyes will be on the election”.

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