By Teslim Olawore
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that supplementary elections will be conducted on March 23, 2019 in the six states where its returning officers declared the governorship election inconclusive.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said the commission took the decision on Tuesday after a meeting to review the 29 governorship and 991 state constituency elections of March 9.
The election will now hold in Adamawa, Benue, Kano, Plateau, Sokoto, and Bauchi states since winners had already emerged in 22 other states.
It could be recalled that the commission had on Tuesday announced that it would conduct a supplementary election in the three constituencies that elections were declared inconclusive in Saturday’s state house of assembly election in Bayelsa state as well.
Wilfred Ifogah, INEC Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, made the announcement known in Yenagoa, the state capital. He listed the constituencies as Ogbia Constituency 11, Brass 1 and Southern-Ijaw IV.
The People Democratic Party (PDP) had won 17, while the All Progressive Congress (APC) claimed four out of the 24 seats in the Bayelsa House of Assembly.
In his further explanation, Ifogah said that the reason for declaring three constituencies inconclusive was due to failure to follow regulations and guidelines laid down by INEC for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
He also said that the commission would communicate the new date to conduct the supplementary election to the stakeholders.