Supplementary Election: APC, PDP jostle for 22, 641 votes in 36 PU, 29 wards in Bauchi

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has disclosed that a total of 22,641 registered voters are expected to vote in the supplementary elections scheduled to hold in Bauchi State on Saturday, 23rd March, 2019.

The schedule also reveals that the re-run would hold in 36 Polling Units in 29 Registration Areas (wards) scattered across 15 of the 20 Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.

The keenly contested race is between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent Governor Mohammed Abubakar and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Bala Mohammed.

The election which held on March 9 was declared inconclusive by the Returning Officer in the State, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, having found out that the number of cancelled votes was more than the margin between the two candidates.

Sen Bala polled 469, 512 votes against Governor Abubakar who got 465, 453 votes, leaving a margin of 4, 059 votes.

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The RO had declared the 139, 240 votes for Tafawa Balewa Local government Area cancelled which leaves the total number of cancelled votes at 45, 312.

Meanwhile, findings of an investigative committee led by the National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, sent from the INEC Headquarters, Festus Okoye revealed that the cancelled votes in Ningi LGA were 2, 533 and not 25, 330 during the collation.

Consequently, the committee recommended that the error of the 22, 797 cancelled votes in the LGA be corrected and deducted from the 45, 240 votes earlier announced.

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