The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that supplementary elections would be conducted in all areas where elections did not take place or where returns could not be made during the just concluded presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 23, 2019.
The commission said the supplementary elections would be conducted on Saturday, March 9, 2019 alongside the governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement yesterday, where the electoral umpire also decried high level of violence that characterised the February 23 polls.
INEC also expressed serious concern over the conduct of certain members of the security agencies in some states during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to Okoye, these decisions were taken during a meeting on Thursday, where INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) reviewed the February 23, 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections. Okoye said the meeting also assessed preparations for the governorship, State Houses of Assembly and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council elections slated for Saturday, March 9, 2019.
He stressed that the meeting acknowledged the delays in the commencement of elections in a number of polling units, which necessitated the extension of the closing of polls in the affected areas, adding that the Commission was determined to rectify the identified challenges before the elections on 9th March.
Okoye stated: “The meeting noted a number of cancellations in certain areas due to violence, which prevented the Commission from deploying personnel and materials for the elections in a number of locations, it could not conclude the elections due to disruptions and deliberate non-compliance with the use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR), contrary to the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of elections.