Mr David Mark, former President of the Senate, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to avoid as much as possible not to declare the supplementary election in Benue State inconclusive again.
“The additional costs of conducting the supplementary elections and the emotional and physical stress politicians and voters go through can be avoided if INEC do the right thing.
”The exercise is unhealthy for both politicians and the electorate; it brings disillusionment to both parties,” he said.
Mark said declaring election inconclusive makes politician more desperate at winning.
Recalled that a few hours ago, the the Returning Officer of Gboko Local Government Area, Prof T. Dooshima was shot.
According to the retired Army General, the concept of inconclusive election is strange and unknown even to the Constitution.
Advice for INEC
Mark said for Nigerians to have trust in INEC, it be upright and diligent in conducting elections to avoid running into inconclusive polls.
He said, ”If declaration of inconclusive elections is allowed to stay it will rather encourage some politicians not to present themselves to the electorate but wait to disrupt elections so that it will be declared inconclusive.
”I advise people to go into elections devoid of violence. If you win through the proper will of the electorate, you will earn their respect.
” Politicians should strive to ensure that they win elections through free, fair and credible means,” he said.
At the time of compiling this result, INEC hasn’t announced the winner as collation of results in the state’s supplementary governorship election is ongoing
According to Nigerian Tribune, the supplementary election was conducted in 22 out of the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
Apart from the governorship election, supplementary election was also conducted in nine LGAs for the state House of Assembly election.
We’ll keep you updates as we get more details from the state.