The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Kogi West senatorial election held on Saturday inconclusive.
Professor Olayinde Lawal, the election’s returning officer, made the declaration at the collation centre on Sunday.
According to Lawal, the election was declared inconclusive because the margin of lead between the leading candidate, Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and that of the runner-up, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is lower than the number of registered voters in the district.
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Adeyemi polled 80,118 voters while Melaye garnered 59,548 votes, but the 20,570 votes margin between the two leading candidates was lesser than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the district.
Olayinka explained that due to the indifference, he was constrained by law to declare a winner between the two candidates.
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He announced that INEC will announce a new date for the conduct of a supplementary election in the 53 polling units before a winner can be returned.