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Former President of the Senate, Mr David Mark, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to avoid declaring elections inconclusive.

Mark disclosed this when he spoke with newsmen on Saturday in Otukpo, Benue State.

“The additional costs of conducting the supplementary elections and the emotional and physical stress politicians and voters go through can be avoided if INEC do the right thing.

”The exercise is unhealthy for both politicians and the electorate; it brings disillusionment to both parties,” he said.

According to him, the concept of inconclusive election is strange and unknown even to the Constitution.

He urged INEC to be upright and diligent in conducting elections to avoid running into inconclusive polls.

”If declaration of inconclusive elections is allowed to stay it will rather encourage some politicians not to present themselves to the electorate but wait to disrupt elections so that it will be declared inconclusive.

”I advise people to go into elections devoid of violence. If you win through the proper will of the electorate, you will earn their respect.

” Politicians should strive to ensure that they win elections through free, fair and credible means,” he said.

Meanwhile, collation of results in the state’s supplementary governorship election is ongoing in most polling units.

NAN reports the supplementary poll was conducted in 22 out of the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Supplementary election was also held in nine LGAs for the state House of Assembly election.

NAN also reports that the poll was generally peaceful across the state, even as complaints of vote buying by party agents could not be substantiated.

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