INEC Declares Imo Election Inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the governorship election in Imo state inconclusive.

The Returning Officer in Imo State, Professor Ibidapo Obe, declared the election inconclusive, due to the number of cancelled votes which stood at 144,715 in relation to the margin of win which is 79,529 by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Rochas Okorocha.

He stated, that a new date would be announced for a rerun election in the cancelled wards spread across several local government areas of the state.

Okorocha was initially thought to have won the election after he garnered 385,671 votes compared to the 306,142 votes scored by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Emeka Ihedioha.

The APC candidate is ahead of Ihedioha by 79,529 votes, which is by far lower than the 144,715 votes cancelled by INEC as a result of irregularities in some wards.

INEC’s verdict on the Imo election is a repeat of what happened in 2011.

The commission had at the time declared the result inconclusive after cancelling results in some wards following irregularities detected.

Rochas, who ran then on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, went on to win a rerun.

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