2019 Election Results: Number Of Accredited Voters And Total Votes Cast Didn’t Add Up — INEC Chairman open up
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has admitted that the number of accredited voters and the total number of votes cast in February 23, 2019 presidential election did not add up.
The INEC chairman made the confession on Wednesday morning shortly before he announced President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the exercise at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, venue of the collation centre for the presidential election results.
The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate polled 15,191,847 to defeat his main rival and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who scored a total votes of 11,262,978.
The Chief Returning Officer for the electoral process however said the discrepancy in the figure was a none issue without any substantial impact on the outcome of the presidential election result.
He said:”Some of the state collation officers for the presidential elections have also made detailed submission explaining what happened during the conduct of the elections on Saturday 23 February and in some cases, the elections repeated in places where it couldn’t hold on Sunday 24. We are studying these documents as well.
“But I think in relation to the issues raised, there are specifically three of them that the Commission wishes to make preliminary statements on. It is a preliminary statement because during collation we haven’t had all the time in the world to look at these issues in depth.
“The first one is that the figures of accredited voters in relation to the votes cast weren’t adding up in one or two instances .
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