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Adeyemi vs Dino Melaye: INEC Gives Update On Kogi West Supplementary Elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is ready to conduct the Kogi West Senatorial District supplementary election.

Naija News reports that the major candidates contesting the election are Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking to newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday, the Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam, said INEC was also ready to conduct supplementary election for Ajaokuta Federal Constituency seat.

He disclosed that the supplementary election would hold in 75 polling units in the two affected areas.

According to the INEC REC, elections will be held in 53 polling units in Kogi West, and 22 polling units in Ajaokuta Federal Constituency.

“In Kogi West what we did was to apply the ‘Margin of Lead Principle’, which stipulates that when the differences in the margin between the leading candidate and runner up is not up to the number of cancelled votes, a supplementary election will be held in those areas,” he said.

“The leading party (APC) is leading with 22,000 votes while the registered voters in cancelled areas is 45,767; hence the need for the supplementary election.

“For Ajaokuta federal constituency, the Appeal court asked us to conduct election in those 22 polling units within 60 days, because the Presiding officers did not sign the result sheets for the election in those areas; and the 60 days had almost elapsed.”

 



Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.