INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed Saturday, 23rd July for the conclusion of the Kogi and Imo inconclusive elections, while that of Rivers and Kano states are slated for Saturday, 30th of the same month. The resolutions for the dates were reached at National stakeholders’ Forum on outstanding re-run elections, held in Abuja yesterday, after a critical consultations with various stakeholders; Political Parties, election observers (both local and foreign) as well as the media. According to the Commission’s Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, following the 2015 general elections, 80 elections were nullified by courts due to violence, arsons, hostage taking and vandalisation of our offices. Speaking further, he stated that“elections were inconclusive where there was violence, elections are conclusive where there is no violence, the level of violence determines the speed with which we conclude elections”. The Chairman further reiterated that, “the commission will not set out to conduct elections that will later be declared inconclusive, as it’s not just cost additional expenses, the loss of lives of its personnel is sad and worrisome.” It would be recalled that the controversial re-run elections in the affected states were marred with massive violence, especially that of Rivers State that claimed the life of a Corp member, Samuel Okonta, who died in the course of conducting the election.

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