Benue Rerun: Mark tasks INEC to avoid inconclusive election
Former Senate President, David Mark, on Saturday, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to do the needful to avoid declaring inconclusive elections in Benue State again.
David Mark made this plea while speaking with the press at the Saturday rerun election in Otukpo area of the state.
“The additional costs of conducting the supplementary elections and the emotional and physical stress politicians and voters go through can be avoided if INEC does the right thing.
“The exercise is unhealthy for both politicians and the electorate; it brings disillusionment to both parties,” he stated, adding that the idea of inconclusive election is strange and not stated in the Nigerian constitution.
Explaining further, he said if the declaration of inconclusive election is allowed to stay, it will encourage politicians not to present themselves to the voters but wait to disrupt the poll with aim that INEC will declare the election 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.” Mark stated.
The poll which was conducted in 22 out of 23 local government areas of the state may likely favour the incumbent governor, Samuel Ortom of Peoples Democratic Party.
The governor is well loved and more popular than his closest rival candidate from the ruling party.