The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has released results of the invalidated results from the presidential run-off elections.
Revealing the invalidated results yesterday to journalists NEC’s chairperson, Dr Christiana Thorpe, said the commission was about to make basic clarifications about misconceptions of the polling stations invalidated.
She explained that those 477 polling stations were invalidated because of over 100% voting, advancing that invalid votes were the number that people wrote on some of them and the polling agents were able to decipher as to who they wanted to vote for, while others were not clear.
In distinguishing the valid and invalid votes from invalidated polling stations, she explained that, “a polling station is invalidated if we have more than the registered number of people in that polling station. We do not expect a polling station that registered 20 people and during the elections 30 voted. If that happens then we automatically have more than 100%, because the 100% is the 20 people that registered. If the number of ballot in that polling station is more than the number of people that registered in that polling station, then we invalidate the polling station. This is what we mean by invalidated station”.
And once that polling station was invalidated, she said, all the ballots that were cast would not be counted in the official results as they were illegal and against national and international laws.
Advancing further reasons why the 477 polling stations were invalidated, she said “if we have 20 people registered and then you have 30 people who come to vote, we as a commission cannot tell which of the party were genuinely voted for. We have no means of knowing who are the ten among the parties and that makes it illegal and that is what caused the disqualification”