Wednesday, 12 August 2020


The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that it would conduct all 12 outstanding by-elections in the country on October 3, 2020.

INEC in a statement Tuesday by Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner, and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said it would have since concluded the elections but for the coronavirus pandemic.

“Since then, the commission has developed a policy on the conduct of elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It also 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.

“The commission has also successfully conducted the bye-election to fill the vacancy in the Nasarawa Central State Constituency and is going ahead with the conduct of governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states on the 19th Sept. 19 and Oct. 10, respectively,” the statement said.

The pending by-elections are Bayelsa Central Senatorial District; Bayelsa West Senatorial District; Nganzai and Bayo Constituencies in Borno State; Cross River North Senatorial District; Obudu Constituency in Cross River.

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

Okoye said that the decision was taken after reviewing preparations for Edo and Ondo states’ governorship elections as well as all outstanding by-elections.

He added that the by-elections in the federal and state legislative houses were due to resignation or death of members in eight states of the federation.

“By the harmonized timetable, the commission will give the notice of election on August 17 while political parties will conduct their primaries to nominate candidates between August 24 and Sept. 8.

“Submission of forms and personal particulars of candidates will commence on September 9 and close at 6 p.m. on September 13,” he said.

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