Don’t exclude five polling units at supplementary elections – Nigeria’s opposition candidate, Kefas tells electoral body

Don't exclude five polling units at supplementary elections - Nigeria's opposition candidate Kefas, tells electoral body

NIGERIA

Nigeria’s opposition candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senatorial seat for Southern Plateau northcentral part of the country, Barr. Peter Dandam Kefas, has appealed to the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), not to exclude five polling units where the supplementary elections would be conducted as a result of the cancellation of results during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Recall that the National Assembly election held at Plateau southern zone was declared inconclusive. 

Speaking to newsmen however, Kefas said failure to conduct elections in the five polling units’ amounts to the disenfranchisement of the people of the affected areas.

“As you are already aware, my election was declared inconclusive thus the rerun for Saturday. However, of great concern to us is the exclusion of about five polling units by INEC.

“Please note that these five polling units were included in the report submitted by the Electoral Officer (EO) of the affected Local Government Areas”.

The candidate gave the names of the polling units as, killar Wards of Langtang North, Bolyah Langtang South, Baltip in Mikang and Kadarko District in Wase Local Governments of the state.

He said “In all these five polling units, election could not hold either due to the failure of card reader or violence as a result of gunshots.

“In fact in the case of Bolyah, there is a police report to the effect but yet for reasons best known to INEC these areas were ignored”, he lamented.

“We wish to state categorically clear that failure to conduct rerun in these areas amount to the disenfranchisement of the people from the affected areas which is an infringement on their constitutional right to vote.

“INEC must be seen to be fair to all by providing a level playing field, a situation where INEC is seen as an arm of the ruling APC government is bad for our democracy”.

Kefas said as a party, they are ready for the rerun but urged the electoral umpire to restore the excluded polling units.

“We consequently call on INEC to as a matter of justice and fairness restore the excluded polling units as contained in the reports of the Local Government Electoral Officers before Saturday’s rerun”.

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