Sunday, September 23, 2018

Osun State Governorship Election Results 2018, Declared INCONCLUSIVE by INEC

INEC says Osun State Governorship polls is inconclusive as PDP leads APC with 353 votes

Pulse.ngThe Osun state governorship election have ended with the result announced as inconclusive by the INEC.

According to the returning officer, Joseph Abiola Afuwape, a date for the run-off between the All Progressive Congress candidate and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate will be announced later.
The governorship election was declared inconclusive due to irregularities in two local governments - Orolu and Ife South.
According to summation of the results, Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke of the PDP has 254,698 votes while Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola of the APC has 254, 345.
The difference between both parties is 353 votes.

Oyetola (APC), Adeleke (PDP), Omisore (SDP)
ADP polled 49,742 while SDP polled 128,049.
ALSO READ: Adeleke leads as INEC commences announcement of Osun poll

PDP Governorship candidate: Ademola Adeleke
Over 1 million voters registered for the party with 48 political parties contesting for the election which held on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Total votes recorded was 767, 955, rejected votes recorded was 47,843 and 720,112 were counted as legal votes.
INEC says it will announce date when another election will take place.
See election results by local governments, here .

What the constitution says about elections and winners

The law is clear!
The election is inconclusive.
Where the winning margin is less than the total number of cancelled vote, the first two candidate will go for rerun.

According to the 1999 constitution, the winner (of this election) must have not less than one-quarter of the votes in at least two-thirds of all the local government areas of the state.
Hence, the winner of the Osun state governorship election must have not less than one quarter of the votes in at least two-thirds of the local governments.

Run-off elections

A rerun election or a fresh election is one conducted, pursuant to an order of an Election Tribunal or Election Appeal Tribunal nullifying the result of a particular election, and  directing that a fresh election be conducted in place of the nullified or voided election.
A run-off election is one conducted between two leading candidates vying for a particular office, after the initial election amongst the many candidates contesting for that office has failed to produce a clear winner, who has won not only the majority of the votes cast in the election, but who also has  fulfilled the requirements of the Electoral Act to be declared a winner and   given a certificate of return.

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