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INEC Has Just Announced For Supplementary Elections In This Hotly Contested Eastern State On March 23 (NEWS)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has just scheduled Saturday, March 23, for supplementary elections to hold in Ebonyi.

According to NAN, the supplementary elections are due to inconclusive elections in some polling units in the 2019 Governorship and State Assembly elections in the State.

Mr Andy Ezeani, the INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Ebonyi, made this known in Abakaliki on Friday.

“Consequently, supplementary elections will take place in affected polling units in the three state constituencies where elections were inconclusive,’’ Ezeani said in a statement.

He listed the affected constituencies and polling units to include: Ezza North West; Ekka registration area with 16 polling units and Oriuzor registration area with 32 polling units and voting points.

Ezeani said that supplementary elections would hold in 27 polling units and voting points in Okposi Umuoghara registration area of Ezza North East state constituency.

He noted that supplementary elections would also hold in 19 polling units across six registration areas in Izzi East state constituency including; Igbeagu Nduogbu, Igbeagu Ndietta, Igbeagu III, Mgbaluku I, Mgbabeluzor and Ndieze Ndiabor Ishiagu.

“INEC, Ebonyi, implores the electorate in the affected constituencies to come out to cast their votes on Saturday, March 23, 2019,’’ Ezeani said.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the March 9 governorship and State House of Assembly elections inconclusive in at least seven states and fixed rerun elections in six of these state..

They are: Plateau, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto, Kano states. In Rivers State, it was suspended.

Returning Officers for the election in Plateau and Adamawa states, made the declaration on Monday in separate announcements at their respective collation centres. In Jos, the Plateau State capital, Professor Richard Kimbir announced that the margin of a lead of 44,929 between the APC and the PDP candidates, is less than 49,377 cancelled votes.

Professor Fatima Muktar had given the same reason for her decision in Adamawa and asked those troubled to report to the electoral body. The election was declared inconclusive in both states, following a similar development in Sokoto State.

Also in Bauchi, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, the Returning Officer, said that apart from the cancellation of the result from entire Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area because of irregularities, the exercise in some other polling units also suffered the same fate. Late on Monday, the same verdict was passed in Benue state, where a date for the rerun is expected announced within 21 days.

INEC suspended all electoral processes in Rivers state until further notice.

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