Elections: Nigerian govt stops the engagement of INEC staff as ‘presiding officers’

The recent confirmation by the Independent National Elec­toral Commission (INEC) that high courts in different states and the Federal Capi­tal Territory (FCT), Abuja, have nullified 81 elections including Senatorial, House of Representatives and two governorship elections, while the Court of Appeal up­turned 15 others, calls to question the credibility of our polls. The voiding of such a high number of election results suggests that something may not be quite right with our elections.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mah­mood Yakubu, who made these disclo­sures at a meeting with states Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), said 20 elections were nullified in the 2007 elec­tions and 34 in the 2011 exercise. The number of elections held in 2015 that have now been nullified is higher than the total of those nullified in both the 2007 and 2011 elections. The total number of 2015 elections that have either been up­turned or nullified is 96. The two nulli­fied governorship polls will, however, still proceed up to the Supreme Court.

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