The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has said that Nigeria must amend its electoral law to stop having inconclusive elections.
Yakubu made the remark, yesterday, while presenting a paper at the Civil Society Oganisation (CSO) Expert Group on Electoral Reforms Meeting tagged: “Inconclusive Elections: The facts and The Myths,” organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG).
The INEC chairman, represented by Oluwole Osaze Uzizi, the director, voter education and publicity of the commission, said: “For as long as the law remains as it is, and for as long as our elections remain competitive, where every vote counts and every vote is counted, successful candidates will most likely only win marginally.”
He said that under a situation of violence, intimidation and bribery of poll officials and voters, elections would always be rendered inconclusive.
He added that under such circumstance, declaring elections concluded would amount to a breach of the Constitution, the Electoral Act and the fundamentals of our democratic ethos.
“If the elections were not declared inconclusive by INEC, it will, in all probability, be declared by the courts,” he said.
The Executive Director of ISDMG, Dr Chima Amadi, said that the meeting was called to assess reasons why, in recent times, elections were declared as inconclusive by the INEC.