INEC to conduct outstanding bye-elections October 31

• To give notice next Monday

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it would conduct all pending bye-elections on October 31.

Its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye gave the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement listed the 12 senatorial districts, states and Federal constituencies where the elections would be conducted to include Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Nganzai State Constituency, Borno State, Bayo State Constituency, Borno State, Cross River North Senatorial District and Obudu State Constituency, Cross River State.

Others are Imo North Senatorial District, Lagos East Senatorial District, Kosofe II State Constituency, Lagos State, Plateau South Senatorial District, Bakura State Constituency, Zamfara State and Ibaji State Constituency, Kogi State.

Okoye in the statement further revealed that the Notice of Election would be released next Monday while political parties are expected to conduct their primaries to nominate candidates between August 24 and September 8, 2020.

“The timetable and schedule of activities for the bye-elections has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.”

The statement further urged “concerned stakeholders, particularly political parties to take note of the timelines in the schedule and strictly adhere to them.”

INEC recalled that the bye-elections fixed for October were suspended following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

But it assured that: “Since then, the Commission has developed its Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, revised its Regulations and Guidelines and engaged with health authorities and stakeholders on conducting elections in an environment that guarantees both credibility and public safety.”

 

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