The Adamawa State High Court has barred the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting the supplementary governorship election scheduled for the state on March, 23.
The state High Court, presided in Yola by Justice Abdulaziz Waziri, granted an interim injuction by one of the governorship candidates stopping INEC from conducting the supplementary polls in the 44 polling units where voting during the March 9 governorship election was cancelled
The governorship candidate of the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRRD), Rev Eric Theman, had filed for the injunction on the premise of non-inclusion of his party logo for the governorship election.
The election had been declared inconclusive by INEC after it collated results from the 21 LGAs of the state and found that the margin of lead between the two leading parties, PDP and APC, was lower than the number of registered voters in polling units where voting was cancelled.
The PDP had polled 367,471 votes as against APC’s 334,995; giving a difference of 32,467; less than the 40,948 registered voters in the 44 polling units where voting was cancelled.
The commission announced Tuesday that it would conduct a supplementary election on March 23 in the affected polling units, a proposal the High Court has now put on hold.