The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 30 for the supplementary election in Kogi west senatorial district.
KanyiDaily recalls that INEC returning officer, Professor Olayinde Lawal declared Saturday’s rerun election inconclusive because the margin of win was less than the total canceled votes.
Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored a total of 80,118 votes, while Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 59,548 votes from the seven Local Government Areas in the senatorial district.
According to the results announced so far, APC’s Adeyemi is leading with 20,570 votes.
In a statement on Thursday, November 21, 2019, the chairman of INEC’s information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, announced the date of the supplementary election.
“The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today Thursday 21, November 2019 and fixed 30th November 2019 for the conduct of the Supplementary and re-run elections for Kogi West Senatorial District and Ajaokuta Federal Constituency respectively,” he said.
“At the conclusion of the court-ordered Kogi West Senatorial re-run election on 16th November 2019, supplementary polls were indicated by the Collation/Returning Officer for the Senatorial District, affecting 20 Registration Areas. 53 Polling Units and 46,767 Registered Voters spread across 7 Local Government Areas of the Senatorial District.
“In addition. the court ordered the conduct of Supplementary re~run poll in Ajaokuta Federal Constituency affecting 22 Polling Units. Collation procedures shall be in line with extant Guidelines for Collation at the Supplementary polls.
“The list of affected Registration Areas and Polling Units will be uploaded on our website and communicated to the stakeholders in the respective Registration Areas and Polling Units.”
Meanwhile, KanyiDaily had reported that Senator Dino Melaye already rejected the results, alleging that the poll “was marred by compromise, extreme violence, and rigging”.
Melaye described Saturday’s election as ‘helicopter election’, saying the results announced so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were ‘fictitious’.