Bauchi Supplementary, rerun polls, an improvement over 2019 exercise – REC

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Bauchi REC, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi (middle) speaking to newsmen in Gamawa on the  Gamawa and Zaki Federal Constituencies’ supplementary/rerun elections

By Huseyn Mbar

Gamawa (Bauchi) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi State, has described the ongoing supplementary and rerun elections in Zaki and Gamawa councils as an improvement over 2019 polls.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, stated this on Saturday  while fielding questions newsmen in Gamawa.

“The current peaceful, large turnout voters, as well as the electoral processes, have shown that there is improvement compared to the last elections.

“The is 90 per cent peaceful; there is large turnout voters and there was no reported case of votes buying and other electoral malpractices,” Abdullahi said.

He assured that INEC would continue to improve on its system to ensure that excelled during subsequent elections.

Abdullahi also commended stakeholders, security agencies, the media and electorates for their cooperation.

Alhaji Awal Jatau the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tata Umar of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and 19 other candidates are participating in the supplementary polls of Federal House of representatives for Zaki Constituency.

Madaki Gololo the PDP and 20 other candidates are contesting for the Gamawa House of representatives seat, while Mohammed Garba of the APC had earlier been excluded the race by an election tribunal.

NAN recalls that the Court Appeal, Jos Division, on Nov. 14, 2019, sacked All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, Umar Tata, representing Zaki Federal Constituency.

The same court nullified the election Garba Gololo of APC representing Gamawa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State and disqualified him for presenting forged certificates to contest in the election.

The court also, in a consensus judgment, ordered INEC to conduct re-run election in the area within 90 days, excluding APC or its candidate from participating.