INEC Why we declare election inconclusive – Zakari

Zakari made the comment while speaking at an event organized by INEC’s Electoral Institute on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, in Abuja.

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National Commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Amina Bala Zakari has explained that the commission declares some elections inconclusive in order to be fair to all candidates.

Zakari made the comment while speaking at an event organized by INEC’s Electoral Institute on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, in Abuja.

Her remarks were contained in a statement released by Deputy Director of Information, Nick Dazang.

According to the statement, Zakari said:

“Faced with circumstances and armed with the legal provisions, INEC, in an attempt to be fair to all, and to move away from the established syndrome of ‘announce the result at any cost and leave it to the courts’, usually invokes the relevant sections to declare elections inconclusive, pending determination of the winner through supplementary elections.”

“It is no longer business as usual for politicians who embark on the direct intimidation of voters and INEC staff not to use the smart card reader to force over voting perpetrate violence through the use of weapons including guns to scare away voters in an attempt to influence outcome of elections.”

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INEC has come under fire in recent times due to the number of elections it has declared inconclusive.

This state of affairs led Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose to describe the commission as a threat to democracy.

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