INEC Fixes October 31 for Senatorial, Federal Constituencies By-elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed October 31 for outstanding senatorial, House of Representatives and State House of Assemblies by-elections.

National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye said, by-election will take place as a result of death, resignation and court nullification of the former occupants.

Okoye said these vacancies are in both Federal and State Legislative Houses, affecting 12 constituencies across 8 States of the federation.

The commission has said it would give the Notice of Election on August 17, 2020 while political parties will conduct their primaries to nominate candidates between August 24 and September 8, 2020.

INEC has made it known that the submission of forms and personal particulars of candidates will commence on September 9 and close at 6 p.m. on September 13, 2020, and that the timetable and schedule of activities for the by-elections have been uploaded on the commission’s website and social media platforms.

Furthermore, the by-elections will take place in the following senatorial district and federal constituencies, Bayelsa Central Senatorial District; Bayelsa West Senatorial District; Nganzai State Constituency, Borno State; Bayo State Constituency, Borno State; Cross River North Senatorial District and the Obudu State Constituency, Cross River State.

Other bye-elections will take place in Imo North Senatorial District; Lagos East Senatorial District; Kosofe II State Constituency, Lagos State; Plateau South Senatorial District; Bakura State Constituency, Zamfara State; and in Ibaji State Constituency, Kogi State.

The commission implored concerned stakeholders, particularly political parties to take note of the timelines in the schedule and adhere to them strictly, explained that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commission decided earlier to suspend the conduct of all bye-elections until it is satisfied that the elections can be conducted in a safe and conducive environment.

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