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INEC reacts to Supreme Court ruling on Zamfara election

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INEC reacts to Supreme Court ruling on Zamfara election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has asked Nigerians to expect its decision on Friday’s Supreme Court ruling which nullified the victories of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship and legislative elections in Zamfara State.

What INEC said:

  • Following the ruling, INEC commissioners held an emergency meeting. The meeting continues tomorrow, after which INEC will relay its decision on Monday.
  • “The Supreme Court ruled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not hold valid party primaries as required by law. It held that all the votes scored by the APC in the said elections are wasted votes and declared that the candidates of political parties with the second highest valid votes and the requisite spread should be declared as having been elected.
  • “The Commission will meet again tomorrow Saturday 25th May 2019 to further deliberate on the issues arising from the said judgment, while the final decision on the matter will be communicated to the public on Monday 27th May 2019,” the commission wrote in its Friday statement.

Bottom line: The Supreme Court is the highest court in land, so INEC really has no other option than to implement its ruling which effectively knocks out the APC from contention. However, there have been reports on whether some of the candidates who came second met the constitutional requirements in terms of spread of votes needed to be declared winner.

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