It is unfair to claim that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has conducted 136 inconclusive polls in the past one year under its new chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
According to the commission, the claim is “ill-informed,” “misplaced” and “undeserved.”
INEC made the declaration on Tuesday while faulting a statement to that effect credited to the outgoing President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Augustine Alegeh, at its ongoing annual conference in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The INEC’s statement was signed by its acting secretary, Musa H. Adamu.
Describing the statement as “grossly incorrect,” the commission issued a table which showed total elections it has conducted since November 2015.
It declared: “From the above table, it can be seen crystal clearly that the commission has thus far conducted 139 elections (118 at first ballot and 21 after supplementary) out of a total of 162 scheduled elections and that 22 elections were concluded after supplementary ; 1.2 percent are pending; while 13.4 percent were suspended in Rivers State due to violence.”
It added: “The commission has always maintained that inconclusive elections are caused by violence and over-voting and that the notion of inconclusive election is not strange to our laws (see sections 26 and 53 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended).
The commission said it remained “unwavering and irrevocably committed to delivering elections that are free, fair and credible and to ensure that the vote of every Nigerian counts.”