The new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, today held his first regular consultative meeting with resident electoral commissioners (RECs) and new national commissioners in Abuja.
The new gaffer mentioned that the aim of the meeting was to address issues bothering on the commission such as continuous voter registration, distribution of PCVs yet to be distributed, card reader matter, violence in elections and lastly, welfare of the commission’s staff.
Speaking further, the chairman gave a review of the just concluded general elections in 2015, mentioning that “as at the end of last week, the Federal High Court sitting nationwide have annulled 81 elections; comprising of Senatorial, House of Representatives, National Assembly and 2 governorship elections that will proceed to the supreme court”.
He added that in addition to the 81 elections nullified, 15 more were upturned, taking the tally to 96 disputed elections.
He compared this to 20 in 2007 and 34 of such cases in 2011 general elections.
The chairman completed his address by stating INEC’s commitment to continue with technologically driven elections, saying the commission will try to deploy technology for collation and transmission of results to facilitate speedy and more accurate results.
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