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Results ‘inconclusive’ in six Nigerian governor elections

Nigeria just concluded it’s Governorship elections over the weekend. Some of the elections have been said to be inconclusive by INEC – and will have to be re-run – in six governorship votes in Nigeria.

The states affected are Adamawa, Benue, Sokoto, Plateau, Bauchi, Kano. In particular, the election commission said that in some states the margin of victory was smaller than the number of cancelled votes.

The election rules state that the electoral commission cannot declare a winner if the number of cancelled votes can mathematically affect the outcome of the election. Instead re-runs will have to take place before the end of March.

The count was stopped in an additional state – Rivers – after election staff were kidnapped and there was widespread violence at polling stations and collation centres.

In the results declared so far, the leading political party in Nigeria, APC has won in the majority of states.

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