The 2019 governorship and state House of Assembly elections start in few hours time. As you prepare to go to the polls to elect your preferred candidates, here are seven important facts you should know about the elections.
1. Not all the 36 states are participating in the governorship elections
Only 29 states out of the 36 states in Nigeria will be electing new governors on March 9
2. 7 states including the FCT is not conducting governorship elections
Seven of the states won’t be voting for governors because their own elections have taken place “off-cycle”.
The states are: Osun, Ekiti, Edo, Anambra, Kogi, Ondo and Bayelsa. FCT is not run by governors.
3. House of Assembly elections will be conducted in all the 36 states
Though only 29 states will be electing governors on March 9, state House of Assembly elections will be conducted in all 36 states of the federation.
4. APC does not have candidate in Rivers state
The All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be fielding governorship candidate in Rivers state due to a court order barring the party from doing so. The party, due to the development, has asked its supporters to cast their votes for the candidates of the AAC.
5. House of Assembly election for the Nasarawa/Binyeri state constituency of Adamawa postponed
INEC has postponed the House of Assembly election for the Nasarawa/Binyeri state constituency of Adamawa.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Kashim Gaidam, said that the postponement became necessary following the death of a member of the assembly, who was candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election. The APC candidate, Adamu Kwanate, until his death on Wednesday, March 6, was the member representing the constituency.
6. Total number of positions being contested
For the governorship election, no fewer than 1,063 candidates are contesting for the available 29 governorship seats.
Nigerians will vote for 1,082 candidates for the various positions. The positions include governors in 29 States and 991 members of state Houses of Assembly as well as the six chairmen and 62 councilors for the Area Councils in the FCT.
7. Where elections are taking place
The election will hold at 119,973 polling units across the country, while collation of results will take place in 8,809 Registration Areas or Wards, 774 local government areas, 36 states and the FCT.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a coalition commended the deployment of military troops to the region ahead of the Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections across Nigeria.
The South-South Coalition for Credible Leadership described the deployment of military troops for election as a welcome development.
The coalition said the action would further boost the confidence of electorate during the polls.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, March 7, the coordinator general of the coalition, Success Timothy, said the deployment is necessary following the success of the troops in some south-southern states during the national assembly and presidential election on February 23.
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