The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has explained why the governorship election in Kano State was declared inconclusive.
According to the Returning Officer for the election in the state, Prof. Bibi Shehu, the number of cancelled votes cast was more than the margin between the candidate with the highest votes and the one that came second.
He said that while the difference between the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abba Kabir-Yusuf, who led in the votes declared, and that of APC candidate, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, who came second, was 26,000 votes, the number of votes cancelled was 128,572.
He said the commission would organise election in no fewer than 172 polling units in Kano State where election was cancelled as a result of disturbances and non-usage of card reader machine.
The election, Shehu said, would also hold in Gama ward where the result sheets of the voting got missing.
Gama has over 40,000 registered voters.
The Returning Officer announced that while PDP polled 1,014,474, APC had 987,819 votes.
He said 2,155,128 votes were recorded as valid and 49,761 rejected.
According to him, the Returning Officer said that the total registered voters in the state is 5,249, 989 while the total accredited voters was 2,211,528 and the total votes cast were 2,184,889.