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INEC To Conclude Collation In Bauchi State

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has approved the resumption and conclusion of the collation of results of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in relation to the governorship and state constituency elections in Bauchi State.

The Commission in a statement said after due consideration of the report submitted by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State on the disruption of the collation process at the Tafawa Balewa collation centre which led to the cancelation of results for the entire local government, a committee was set up.

INEC said from the findings of the committee, it was observed that the results of seven out of 11 registration areas for the governorship and six out of 11 for state assembly elections were affected.

The statement said the investigation committee in its report established that the result in polling units and registration areas are available and in safe custody, noting that the number of cancelled votes for the four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area which was recorded as 25,330 in form EC40g (1) was incorrect, bringing the actual figure to 2,533.

INEC, therefore, decided that the error in the total number of cancelled votes in four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area should be corrected from 25,330 to 2,533 and consequently appealed to all stakeholders for continuous support and understanding.

The Commission also announced the appointment of a new collation and returning officer for Tafawa Balewa Local Government to continue and conclude the collation process in place of the original collation officer who withdrew from the exercise citing threats to her life and those of her family members, adding the collation process for the local government will resume on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

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