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One election so far nullified under my watch – INEC chairman

One election so far nullified under my watch – INEC chairman
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu
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Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) said only one out of the 167 elections conducted under his watch had so far been nullified by the court.

Yakubu disclosed this while answering questions from journalists on the credibility of INEC, at the commission’s first quarter meeting with the media on Monday in Abuja.

He said that the commission was working to ensure that its actions were guided by the Electoral Act.

Yakubu said that another scorecard of the commission was the level at which the validity of elections conducted under his watch were upheld in the court of law.

“We have so far conducted 167 elections, and so far only one has been nullified by the court.

“We will continue to do what we do courageously, maybe when we are not here, somebody will say the commission has done very well,’’ Yakubu said.

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He said that though the commission had also been accused of conducting inconclusive elections, over 75 of the election conducted by the current administration were concluded at first ballot.

The chairman, however, said the elections declared inconclusive were done in line with the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of elections, adding that INEC would not lower the bar in the conduct of credible election.

“We are conscious of our responsibilities and we are going to proceed as we have been doing’’.

On the court ordered re-run election, Yakubu said that the commission was left with Anambra Central Senatorial District legislative poll as the only one outstanding.

The chairman, who said that this was as a result of litigation surrounding the poll, expressed the hope that the litigation would be addressed for INEC to conclude the election.

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