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The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, dismissed the claim of the outgoing president
of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Augustine Alegeh, on inconclusive
elections in some parts of the country.

This was contained in a statement
signed by the acting secretary of the commission , Mr Musa Adamu and made
available to newsmen in Abuja.

The 
commission said that its attention had been drawn to a statement
credited to Alegeh in which he rebuked it for conducting 136 inconclusive
elections in  a  year under the watch of Professor Mahmood
Yakubu.

It quoted Alegeh making such remark
at the 56th annual general conference of NBA in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on
August 21.which it described as false based on the remarkable achievements it
had made in conducing rerun in the country despite all the odds

While acknowledging that Alegeh
was   highly knowledgeable and respected,
the commission said that his statement at the conference of NBA in Port
Harcourt, was unfortunate and grossly incorrect.

According to INEC, 163 elections,
comprising 80 court-ordered elections in the aftermath of 2015 general
election, 70 end-of-tenure elections, 13 by-elections occasioned by death or
resignation, have  been conducted by the
new commission.

It 
said  that out of the 163
conducted elections, 118 were concluded at first ballot and 21 concluded after
supplementary.

It explained  that two cases were pending, while 22
suspended re-run  in Rivers  State due to violence, were to be concluded.

“This shows that 72.3 per cent of
the elections were concluded at first ballot, 21.8 per cent of inconclusive
elections were concluded after supplementary, 1.2 per cent pending, while 13.4
per cent were suspended in Rivers State.

“It is clear from the foregoing
that Alegeh‘s pronouncement was ill-informed and his stern rebuke to the
commission, was misplaced and undeserved.

“The commission remains unwavering
and irrevocably committed to delivering elections that are free and fair  as well as 
ensure that the vote of every eligible Nigerian counts,’’ it said

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