Kogi Supplementary Polls: Court ruling vindicates our stand, says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday that the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja, ordering it to continue with today’s supplementary governorship election in Kogi State vindicated its position on the election.

The commission’s Deputy Director of Publicity, Mr Nick Dazang, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the commission welcomed the court judgment.

“The judgment vindicates the public notice that we issued and our resolve to conduct the election on Saturday,” he said.

“Our refrain is that nothing can stop us from conducting the election except a court ruling to the contrary and the court has said that we should go ahead.

“It is a vindication of our position.”

On the burnt INEC office in Dekina Local Government Area in Kogi, Dazang said it will not affect the conduct of the election in the 91 polling units.

“It will not affect the election because it took place before we took sensitive materials there.

“The arson will not weaken our resolve to conduct a transparent election in Kogi.

“We are not deterred by that action. We will go on and conduct election in all affected polling units.’’

Dazang urged voters in the areas to go out and exercise their franchise.

INEC declared Kogi governorship election inconclusive following the cancellation of the results of the results in 91 polling units involving 18 local government areas with 49,453 registered voters.

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