We won’t declare any winner if Edo and Ondo governorship elections are disrupted - INEC


Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that no winner will be announced in Edo
and Ondo governorship elections coming up later this year if they are
disrupted.
 
The electoral commission chairman who disclosed this at a virtual workshop organised by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies
(CSIS) in partnership with the Centre for Democracy and Development
(CDD) on Tuesday June 9, added that they are adopting a different
approach to ensure that the election does not turn out bloody just like
what was witnessed in Kogi state. 
 
Yakubu stated that violent acts puts the credibility of an election in doubt. He said; 
 
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“While elections are disrupted, we should look far beyond the electoral commission. I think you put your fingers on the problem, on
the political class and the security challenges. And that is why we have
been engaging with them. 
“Yesterday, I had a meeting with the national security adviser, we are meeting with all the security agencies. But what pro-active measure
is the commission going to take to ensure that if there is a replay of
what happened in Bayelsa and Kogi, we will protect the integrity of the
process.
“Where the election is disrupted and the commission cannot vouch for the integrity of the process, we will not go ahead to make any
declaration. And this we have told the political parties pointblank; you
either behave for the elections to be concluded in a free and fair
manner or we do what the law says.
“If we can’t vouch for the credibility of the process, there is no point concluding it and making declaration. That we have committed to.
The commission will not endorse fraud and what is clearly outside the
minimum standard we have set for the conduct of credible elections
anywhere.
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