The State Collation Officer for Niger State, Angela Miri, has said elections were cancelled in 105 Polling Units, Pus, with 71,237 registered voters in the affected PUs.
Mrs Miri, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, disclosed this on Tuesday at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s, INEC, National Collation Centre, Abuja.
The conciliation, according to Mrs Miri, was Smart card readers not functioning in some of the PUs due to lack of communication network, especially in PUs with far distance from the local government area headquarters.
She also attributed it to cases of ballot box snatching and recorded cases of violence, though brought under control by security agencies in some of the affected areas.
She explained that specific cases leading to the cancellation in each of the PUs had been submitted to the collation centre secretariat.
She announced that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, polled 612,371 votes, followed by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, who scored 218,052 votes.
Mrs Miri also announced that the candidate of the Action Democratic Party, ADP, Yabagi Yusuf, scored 2,582 votes; Akihimmien Isibor of Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, GDPN, polled 2115 votes;
Ibrahim Hassan of the African Peoples Alliance, APA, scored 1,591 votes; and Mailafia Obadia of the Advance Congress of Democrats, ACD, polled 777 votes.
She gave the total number of registered voters in the state at 2,375,568, with accredited voters 911,964; valid votes at 851,937; rejected votes 45,039 and total vote cast at 896,976.