PDP demands suspension of Bauchi supplementary polls pending conclusion of collation

March 21st, 2019

By Myke Uzendu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the suspension of supplementary election sched­uled to hold in Bauchi State on Saturday until all the results of the March 16th elections are collated and declared.

The party hinged its po­sition on the Independent National Electoral Commis­sion (INEC) Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of elections paragraphs 33 ()& (e),4 (e) which states that the Commission shall wait to de­termine the margin of lead be­tween the two (2) leading can­didates for the Governorship Elections after collation of the overall results of the election before deciding to embark on supplementary elections.

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of INEC dated March 21, 2019, signed by PDP National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus and the Par­ty’s National Secretary, Sen. Ibrahim Umaru Tsauri which was seen by The AUTHORI­TY, the party also demanded for the details of voters by poll­ing units, the number of reg­istered voters and the number of collected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the affected areas.

Parts of the letter reads: “We wish to refer to the let­ter by our Bauchi State Chap­ter to the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) of Bauchi State on the above subject mat­ter dated 13th March, 2019 which we specifically request­ed for the following.

“The number and names of all the polling unlts affected where supplementary elections are to be conducted and their locations. Total number of Per­manent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued in each of the affected units.

“However, the Commis­sion has not furnished us with any of the items requested.

“Yesterday, your Resi­dent Electoral Commissioner Bauchi officially came out and announced that court had giv­en an order stopping the colla­tion of the results from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area but that re-run would be conducted in some Polling Units In the State that their elections were cancelled on Saturday March 23, 2019.

“At this juncture, it is im­portant to note that the re-run or supplementary election can only be ripe and determined upon conclusion of collation of all the results from the 20 Local Government Areas in the State
and the margin between the winner and the runner-up is known. This is the posi­tion of the law as as provided in the Regulations and Guide­lines for the conduct of elec­tions specifically paragraphs 33 ()& (e),4 (e).

“By the combined effect of Paragraphs 33 (a), (e) and 34 (e) of the Guidelines, the Com­mission shall wait to determine the margin of lead between the two (2) leading candidates for the Governorship Elections after collation of the overall results of the election before deciding to embark on sup­plementary elections,

“Therefore, in this present situation in Bauchi where one Local Government Area elec­tion result has not been col­lated i.e. Tafawa Balewa, the Commission cannot deter­mine the lead between the can­didates,

“Hence there is no basis for supplementary elections at the polling units cancelled pursuant to Sections 26 and 53 of the Electoral Act.

“We therefore demand for immediate suspension of the supplementary election scheduled for 23’d March 2019 until collation of results from Tafawa Balewa has been con­clusively carried out.

“In the premise, we de­mand an immediate reply to this letter not later than today.

“While thanking you for your usual cooperation, please accept the assurances of our highest regards.”

The electoral umpire has slated supplementary elec­tions in Bauchi, Kano, Plateau, Benue and Sokoto on the 23rd of March while collation of re­sults will resume in Rivers State on April 2nd.

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