2019 Election: We’ve not cancelled any poll so far —INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared that, contrary to the rumour, it has not cancelled any election so far in any part of the country where the presidential and National Assembly polls had held.

The chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this during a press briefing held at the National Collation Centre in Abuja on Sunday.

Answering reporters’ inquiry about alleged cancellation of the elections in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, he said the Commission had not received any report to that effect.

“I’m hearing it for the first time. We’ve not cancelled any elections in FCT, we have not cancelled any election in Nigeria.

“The declaration of elections null and void is the responsibility of the judiciary”, he stated.

Yakubu also pleaded with the social media to be circumspect in the announcement of results.

He said, “I have read the election results so declared in the social media. They will write that a particular candidate has been declared winner. But if you read further, they will say he won in his polling unit.

“They have also written that ‘INEC chairman steps down.’ But if you read further, you will see that ‘the INEC chairman steps down from his car.’

“I appeal to the social media to be circumspect in the way they report election results. We don’t support censorship.”

While expressing the commitment of INEC to the sanctity of the ballot, Yakubu said that the Commission would not indulge in any illegality that would tarnish its image.
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