The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared the just concluded Nasarawa/Toto Federal Constituency bye-election inconclusive due to the cancellation of votes as a result of over-voting.
According to the Returning Officer for the election, Dr Wilfred Uji of Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, “For Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency, we have a total number of 202,338 registered voters for the election out of which 76,475 were accredited and the total vote cast was 75,826 and we have 74,848 valid votes and the rejected votes stand at 978.
“The cancelled votes taken from the vote cast stand at 39,150 and the four political parties that participated at the bye-election scored the following votes, APC scored 46,559; PDP scored 17,068; APGA 11,181 and Labour party (LP) got 40 votes.
“The marginal difference between the APC and PDP is 29,491, and the cancelled votes is 39,150, so the cancelled votes exceeded the marginal difference between APC and PDP as a result of over voting in some polling units of the constituency”, he said.
In an interview with The Street Reporters, the voters and some stakeholders had praised INEC on the commission’s preparedness for the now in conclusive election.
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