It was gathered that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled elections in some parts of Kogi State for Saturday, November 18, 2023.
The commission made this announcement on Sunday in a statement signed by spokesperson, Mohammed Kudu Haruna.
“Further to our statement yesterday, we have received an update from our Kogi State office regarding the suspension of election in some locations in the State where result sheets were completed before the commencement of voting” Haruna asserted.
The electoral commission added that the most critical incident occurred in nine out of 10 Wards in Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area (LGA) of Kogi.
“We received reports of similar and other incidents in Adavi (5 Polling Units in Okunchi/Ozuri/Onieka Ward), Ajaokuta (5 Polling Units in Adogo Ward), Okehi (1 Polling Unit in Eika/Ohizenyi Ward) and Okene (5 Polling Units in Obehira Uvete Ward),” INEC stated.
“Results from the affected Polling Units have been accounted for in Form EC40G for the four LGAs.”
However, in the case of Ogori/Magongo LGA, only the result of Oshobane Ward II with eight Polling Units and 2,264 registered voters has been collated.
Elections in the other nine Wards (Eni, Okibo, Okesi, Ileteju, Aiyeromi, Ugugu, Obinoyin, Obatgben and Oturu) involving 59 Polling Units and 15,136 registered voters remain suspended.
“In line with Section 24(3) of the Electoral Act 2022 and Clause 59 of INEC Regulations and Guidelines on the Conduct of Elections 2022, fresh election will be held on Saturday 18thNovember 2023 in the affected Polling Units,” INEC said.
Similarly, It also said that the decision to hold fresh elections is subject to the Returning Officer’s determination of the application of the Margin of Lead Principle.