Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday explained why many of the elections conducted since he came on board are inconclusive. According to him, it is because elections are getting better and votes are being made to count.
He added that the do-or-die mentality of politicians has compounded the issue because elections are now tightly fought, with slim margins of victory, unlike in the past when elections were won with landslide margins. He explained that because of the tight results, cancellation of votes from polling units matter in determining who the winner would be and make elections inconclusive on the first ballot.
Mahmood said INEC had discovered that all instances of inconclusive elections were in areas where political players perpetrated violence and made the environment hazardous for the Commission’s staff and innocent voters.