By Ayo Kehinde
After due investigation, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has concluded plans to
collate the controversial results from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, which led to the Commission declaring the Bauchi governorship election inconclusive instead going into another poll on March 23.
According the Commission, the collation of results of the affected LG would commence on Tuesday, March 19.
In a statement, the Commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, said the duplicate and original registration area results which were the subjects of controversy during the March 9 governorship and Assembly poll are available and would be collated and concluded under a new Collation/ Returning Officer for Tafawa Balewa LGA as the former one had resigned over alleged threats to her life. According to her, half way into the collation of the result at the LGA, armed gangs had pounced on her and destroyed the results sheets.
Following a report from the Resident Electoral Officer, the Commission had to set up an investigation Committee.
Okoye said the Commission’s investigation committee, among others, established that, ” the number of cancelled votes for the four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area which was recorded as 25,330 in form EC 40 g (1) was incorrect. The actual figure is 2,533″. The Commission, he said has corrected the figure.
Below is Okoye’s statement: