NIGERIA ELECTIONS: Results ‘inconclusive’ in six Nigerian governor elections

Elections have been inconclusive – and will have to be re-run – in six governorship votes in Nigeria.

The states affected are Adamawa, Benue, Sokoto, Plateau, Bauchi, Kano.

In some states that is because the figures didn’t tally properly.

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.

State governors in Nigeria control substantial revenue and other resources and elections are fiercely contested.

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

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