Avoid declaring elections inconclusive – David Mark tells INEC

Ex-Senate President, David Mark, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission to avoid declaring elections inconclusive.

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Mark disclosed this when he spoke with newsmen on Saturday in Otukpo where he said, “the additional costs of conducting the supplementary elections and the emotional and physical stress that politicians and voters go through can be avoided if INEC do the right thing. The exercise is unhealthy for both politicians and the electorate; it brings disillusionment to both parties”.

According to him, the concept of inconclusive election is strange and unknown even to the Constitution. He urged INEC to be upright and diligent in conducting elections to avoid having to declare the elections inconclusive.

“If the declaration of inconclusive elections is allowed to stay, it will rather encourage some politicians not to present themselves to the electorate but wait to disrupt elections so that it will be declared inconclusive.

“I advise people to go into elections devoid of violence. If you win through the proper will of the electorate, you will earn their respect. Politicians should strive to ensure that they win elections through free, fair and credible means,” he said.

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