The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that the increase in competitions between political parties and decreasing margin between winners and runners-up are the reasons for its declarations of elections as inconclusive.
This was disclosed by the INEC National Commissioner, supervising FCT, Niger, Kaduna and Plateau States Antonia Okoosi- Simbine, while presenting certificates of return to the re-elected governor and state house of Assembly members, today in Jos.
According to Okoosi-Simbine, “inconclusive elections were not surprising when a few big parties are contesting for power at every level.”
Simbine said: “Our democracy is deepening incrementally, having conducted the sixth successive election without any interregnum; there is improved integrity in the electoral system; the elections are becoming more and more competitive”
She, however, said this is further compounded by the lack of internal democracy in the political parties and the desperation of candidates and their supporters, driven by the fear of losing everything.
INEC said it regrets the trend where parties and candidates involved in violent behaviour which included manhandling election duty officials.