Feb. 23 polls: Why Okorocha, others won’t receive certificate of return – INEC

The National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  Mr Festus Okoye, has said  INEC  did not issue  Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha a certificate of return  after winning the  Imo West senatorial poll on February 23  because the returning officer  announced  the result under duress.

Speaking  during an interactive session with reporters in Makurdi on Friday, Okoye  said  it was  the policy of  the commission that certificates of return would  not be issued when  the  results  of polls were announced under duress.

He  said the  returning officer for the  Imo West senatorial  election  reported to the commission that he declared Okorocha the winner of the poll  under duress.

Okoye also  said INEC  received similar reports from the National Assembly poll in  Oju/Obi Federal Constituency in Benue State, as well as the House of Assembly elections in  Niger  and Akwa Ibom  states.

He said, “The commission has not given a  certificate  of return to anyone  from Obi/Oju, the same thing with Agaye state constituency in Niger State. There is also another  state constituency in Akwa Ibom. So as of  today, there are four areas where declarations were made  under duress and we said we will not give certificates of return to those individuals. “Some of them  are already in court.  Since the matter is sub judice, we are not going to make any further comments relating to them until the judicial process has run its course.”

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