The Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has been reportedly omitted from the results sheets for the Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The development was contained in a statement signed by the electoral body’s National Secretary, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, and made available to NAN in Gusau on Friday.
The statement with reference number INEC/SEC/265/Vol.ll/X and dated 8/3/2019 was circulated to the chairmen of all political parties and other stakeholders in the state.
Recall that a Zamfara High Court ruling No. ZMS/GS/52/2018 had ordered the commission to include APC on the ballot paper, which made it possible for them to participate in the Presidential and National Assembly election.
The commission revealed that the party was included on the ballot papers for the governorship and house of assembly election but lamented the omission of the party on the results sheets.
“However, the commission has just discovered that because of the suddenness of the court order, the party was omitted for the Governorship Result Sheets.”
“This omission is deeply regretted.”
“As a solution, the commission has decided to manually create columns in each of the Result Sheets after the last printed party, ZLP, and insert the APC.”
“This does not affect any other information on the Results Sheet,” it explained.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Asmau Maikudi, has assured that the commission had completed all arrangements for an early start of the governorship and state assembly polls in the state.
Maikudi, who commended the cooperation of the stakeholders in the state, especially security agencies, politicians and the media, re-assured that the umpire would conduct a free, fair, credible and acceptable election in the state.
She said all elections materials which were distributed to all the 14 local government areas of the state under the supervision of party agents and other stakeholders have reached their destinations without any incidence.