2019: Why Re-run Elections May Come With Problems

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Such fears, being expressed by political watchers, are predicated on the fact that the current Electoral Act provides for a window period of only one week within which the Commission (INEC) could organize and conduct re-run elections.

A run-off is an election conducted when the first election fails to produce a clear winner for the position of president, or governor. This can happen when the candidate with the highest votes does not have the required votes spread in the affected states.

Article 134 (2) of the Nigerian Constitution stipulates that a presidential candidate will be duly elected after attaining both the highest number of votes cast, and having received at least a quarter of the votes at each of at least two-thirds of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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