@2:50am. Results from local government collation centres are still being awaited in Bauchi INEC office where the final results are to be announced. [Photo by: Abdulkareem Haruna]

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LIVE UPDATES: Bauchi Senatorial Bye-Election (Official INEC Results)

By Abdulkareem Haruna

August 12, 2018

On Saturday, residents of Bauchi South Senatorial District filed out in their thousands to vote for their preferred candidates in a bye-election organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The election was held to fill the vacancy created by the death of the last occupant, Ali Wakili.

Candidates of nine political parties participated in the election. The parties in the contest are All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Action Peoples Party (APP), Kowa Party, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), People for Democratic Change (PDC), African Democratic Congress (ADC).

The candidates in the election are Lawal Yahaya Gumau (APC); Isah Yuguda (GPN); Haruna Ayuba (ADC); Aminu Tukur (APP) and Usman Hassan (Kowa Party).

Others are Maryam Bargel (SDP); Husseini Umar (NNPP); Usman Chaledi (PDC); and Ladan Salihu (PDP).

Mr Yuguda of GPN is the immediate former governor of the state.

The local government areas where election took place are Bauchi, Toro, Dass, Tafawa-Balewa, Bogoro, Alkaleri and Kirfi.

The bye-election was largely considered peaceful even though there was low turnout in some polling unit.

The heavy downpour that occurred on Saturday evening is believed to have slowed down the process of collating the results at the local offices.

Some of the polling centres in places like Dass, Bauchi and Tafawa-Balewa also started the voting exercise late due to faulty Card Readers.

Though restrictions on movement have been relaxed since 8 p.m. on Saturday, the major routes leading to the INEC headquarters in Bauchi are still heavily guarded by a joint team of armed soldiers and police officers.

The police public relations officer, Kamal Datt, had informed PREMIUM TIMES that five persons were arrested for various electoral offences during the elections.

He did not give details or the nature of their offense.

PREMIUM TIMES is live at the INEC headquarters in Bauchi to bring you the results as they are announced.

Read our live updates of the election proper here.

As at 8:10a.m., only results from Dass Local Government Area have arrived the INEC collation centre in Bauchi. But officials have not commenced the collation process.

Bauchi South senatorial bye election: INEC collation centre getting set for tallying of results. 3 LGAs set to present their results, any moment soon.

Bauchi South senatorial bye election: INEC collation centre getting set for tallying of results. 3 LGAs set to present their results, any moment soon.

@10:15am

Local Government Collation officers from Das, Bogoro and Tafawa-Balewa have so far arrived the INEC collation centre ready to present their results any time soon.

Journalists and domestic election observers have been screened into the collation centre, waiting for the officials to arrive the hall

Collation officials arrive the centre, ready to commence collation.

The Bauchi REC, Professor Abdullahi, in an opening remark, called on participants to be magnanimous in victory and gallant in defeat.

He said the collation of the result will eventually lead to the announcement of a winner which he said is unavoidable in any contest.

The Zonal Election Commissioner, Shettima Baba Arfo, commended participants in the election process for a job well done so far.

He said INEC is getting better by the day. He urged Nigerians to continue supporting the electoral body.

@11:02

The returning officer for Bauchi South Senatorial District Bye-election is announced to be Ahmed Fadam, a professor. He is from the Department of Agriculture, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University, Bauchi. The returning officer for Bauchi South Senatorial District Bye-election is announced to be Ahmed Fadam, a professor. He is from the Department of Agriculture, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University, Bauchi.

The returning officer for Bauchi South Senatorial District Bye-election is announced to be Ahmed Fadam, a professor. He is from the Department of Agriculture, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University, Bauchi.

APC wins in Dass local government

Das local government result as presented by the Collation officer. ADC 132 APC 7,432 APP 857 DA 52 GPN 2117 KP 28 MMN 25 NPP 106 SDP 1009 PDP 4028

Toro Local Government Result Announced by Professor Aliyu Muhammed.

ADC 471 APC 30,658 APP 472 DA 77 GPN 5,624 KP 53 MMN 100 MPN 69 NNPP 8075 PDC 277 PDP 8420 SDP 353

Total Valid votes 54,649 Rejected Votes 2731 Total votes cast 57,380

There were cases of ballot box snatching which led to cancellation of votes in 13 units.

PDP wins in Speaker Dogara’s local government

Number of Reg voters : 45599 Accredited: voters 16970

ADC – 60 APC -3992 APP – 1557 DA – 24 GPN – 817 KP – 21 MMN -32 MPN – 39 NNPP – 1924 PDC – 152 PDP – 6,646 SDP – 612

Total Valid Votes 15872 Rejected Votes- 718 Total votes 16592

Results were cancelled in 17 units due to over voting (10, 727 votes cancelled)

APC wins in Kirfi Local Government

Kirfi Local Government Result as presented by Prof Elijah Onezegah

Total Reg.voters: 64,653

ADD – 80 APC -11,051 APP 1039 DA 18 GPN 339 KP 12 MMN 29 MPN 15 NNPP 814 PDC 47 PDP 3336 SDP 263

Total Valid votes : 17043 Rejected Votes: 774 Total Valid votes: 17,817

Total votes cancelled due to violence and poor voter education is 2,507

Results of four local governments have now been announced (Dass – APC; Toro – APC; Bogoro – PDP; Kirfi – APC).

The results of the remaining three local governments are now being awaited.

Collation of results resumes at the collation centre

APC wins Bauchi Local Government Area

Results of Bauchi local government presented by Professor Sani Husseini

Total Registered voters -306,939 Total Accredited 91,782

ADC – 725 APC – 38, 958 APP-1342 DA- 159 GPN – 18, 736 KP- 70 MMN – 135 MPN – 109 MNPP 6,322 PDC – 360 PDP – 13,053 SDP – 653

Total Valid votes :-80,623 Rejected Votes: 2920

Total votes cast: 83, 543

Cancellation was made in 28 units of which 15,017 votes were invalidated due over voting.

APC wins in Alkaleri Local Government, amidst mass vote cancellation

Results from Alkaleri as presented by Professor Simon Madugu from ATBU.

Total Registered voters: 107, 072 Total Accredited voters: 27, 575

ADC- 110 APC – 13,-089 APP – 413 DA – 36 GPN – 2, 225 KP – 27 MMN – 34 MPN 32 NNPP 1899 PDC – 88 PDP -6, 245 SDP – 265

Total Valid votes – 24, 463 Rejected Votes – 1,220 Total votes cast 25, 683

Cancellation was recorded in 8 wards amounting to 40 polling units; and 16,298 votes affected. Reasons for cancellation were fracas, over voting, and non-usage of card readers.

Party agents blame massive cancellation on failure of card readers few hours after voting commenced. The agent of PDP at the collation centre, Samaila Burga, insisted that failure to provide alternative to failed card readers may push people to insist they must vote even without card readers.

He also alluded that in some areas in Alkaleri, election did not commence till 3pm due to late arrival of election materials.

“We are saying this, not for immediate measures to be taken, but for avoidance of future occurrence, because if it happens people may be forced to react.”

APC wins Tafawa-Balewa local government

Results for Tafawa-Balewa local government

Total Registered voters – 118,952 Total Accredited voters – 39,796

ADC – 176 APC – 14,309 APP – 6019 DA – 101 GPN – 3, 221 KP – 29 MMN 46 MPN 33 NNPP 2,266 PDC – 173 PDP 8, 528 SDP – 647

Total Valid votes: 35, 548 Rejected Votes: 1815 Total votes cast: 37,363

Reasons for cancellation include over voting and violence by youth insisting unused ballot papers be shared amongst party agents.