Bauchi rerun election: Why collation of results is yet to start – REC

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The collation of results for the Bauchi gubernatorial election re-run is yet to start despite the arrival of all the results from the 36 Polling units.

Speaking to journalists early Sunday morning, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi  said the collation of the results is being delayed because the state Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer, Professor Mohammed Kyari is yet to arrive Bauchi from Yola Adamawa State.

He confirmed that all the 15 Local Government Returning Officers have arrived the collation center to present their results.

The REC, said Kyari, a professor, left Yola, the Adamawa State capital, for Bauchi late Saturday night even though he was in full knowledge of the fact that supplementary elections for the governorship election, which he declared inconclusive, was to hold on Saturday.

“Rather than me waiting upstairs in my office for the arrival of the Returning Officer who is on his way from Yola, I felt it is important to come and explain to you on why the Collation has not commenced,” Mr Abdullahi told the handful of people in the collation hall..

“Officially, I am here to inform you that we are waiting for the Returning Officer.

“We have since received all the results from the 15 Local government areas but we were made to understand that the Returning Officer took off a bit late this evening.” F81MZJ