INEC halts collation of Bauchi governorship election results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi State on Tuesday halted the collation of results for the governorship election in Tafawa Balewa area of the state.

Concise News reports that the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told newsmen in Bauchi on Tuesday that the decision was as a result of a court order received by the commission restraining it from collation and the subsequent announcement of the results.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is in receipt of a court order restraining it from proceeding with the collation and announcement of results in respect of Tafawa Balewa governorship only,” he said.

“I must also add that the order which was sought and granted by the court does not include the Tafawa Balewa state constituency.

“For this reason, we are going to make arrangement to continue with the state constituency collation and subsequently announce the result.”

Abdullahi said “what is also going to continue is the scheduled 23rd March election that affects the cancelled election in other local government areas.”

Furthermore, the REC called on the people to remain calm and law-abiding, adding that INEC would do the right thing by announcing the true winner of the race.

INEC had on 15 March approved the resumption of collation and conclusion of results from Tafawa Balewa in relation to the March 9 governorship election using available existing duplicate and original results from Registration Areas.

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