Concerned about the number of nullified election during the 2015 general elections, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu on Thursday declared that an investigation will be carried out to ascertain why 82 of those elections were nullified.
Yakubu disclosed this during a meeting with the media and some Civil Society Organizations, where he expressed worry over the development, saying that the Commission would study the circumstances that led to the nullification of the elections and come up with measures to tackle related issues.
INEC have been meeting with its officials, political parties and civil society organizations to review elections conducted in 2015 and 2016. The chairman said that the exercise would cover the 2015 and 2016 election petitions and rulings, and that it would also help the commission make necessary adjustments ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Commission noted that since the conclusion of the 2015 general elections, courts have either nullified or upturned 97 elections with decisions on two still pending at the Supreme Court.
The Chairman thus asked participants to offer suggestions on how to manage electoral violence and inconclusive elections, and improve on the technologies used during the elections.
To this effect, the civil society organizations suggested that stiffer penalty be used against politicians who break electoral laws and cause violence and other problems to the electoral process.
Others called for a review of the logistics agreement INEC have signed with the road transport union.
Prof. Yakubu further explained that the court has already decided on some nullified elections, declaring some petitioners winners.
But in addition to the nullified elections, we have 15 other elections where petitioners were declared winners by the court. The court did not decide that we should conduct re-runs there. They said that we should issue certificates of return to those declared winners by the court