- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) discloses that the Edo governorship election will hold on September 19, 2020
- The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, in a press briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, February 6, also announces that the Ondo state governorship elections will take place on October 10, 2020
- Yakubu urges candidates and politicians to desist from snatching electoral materials, hiring of thugs and other conducts that violate electoral rules
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the dates for the upcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.
The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, in a press briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, February 6, disclosed that the Edo governorship election will hold on September 19, while that of Ondo state will hold October 10, Premium Times reports.
Yakubu also urged candidates and politicians to desist from snatching electoral materials, hiring of thugs and other conducts that violate electoral rules. He said such conducts are punishable under INEC’s electoral rules.
Meanwhile, preparations by the INEC for the next general elections seems to have begun. Daily Trust reports that the commission plans to create more polling units across the country before 2023.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman disclosed this on Thursday, February 6, in Abuja, after he received support equipment donated by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECEC).
Back in August 2014, the commission attempted to create an additional 30, 027 Polling Units (PUs), with the north getting 21,615 and south 8, 412 units. However, this led to an uproar and INEC was forced to dump the plan.
Yakubu while expressing his appreciation at the ceremony, said that the equipment will assist the commission in the area of delimitation of constituencies. He further explained that INEC in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPC) will be creating new polling units in order to cater to the voting needs of Nigeria’s population.
In another report, the face of election might likely change for the best as Nigeria's electoral body said the use of smart card reader machine and electronic collation of results would be legally possible in the 2023 general election.
This was disclosed by Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner in charge of publicity and voter education.
Okoye who represented the chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at a stakeholders’ forum on electoral reforms said the commission is committed to the enhancement of the power of the smart card reader.
Still on politics, the PDP national chairman Prince Uche Secondus has opened up about how the party is gearing up for the next presidential election which would be held in 2023.
Speaking to Vanguard in a recent interview, the PDP chairman revealed that the party’s presidential ticket is open to all zones. He explained that though they are more concerned about rebuilding the opposition party, when the time comes, a presidential candidate will be presented
He revealed that the party’s constitution allows anyone whether from then North, South, East or West to contest for the presidential ticket. Secondus went on to say that even when the ticket was zoned in the past nobody was stopped from contesting.
Secondus said whoever feels they are qualified and has the desire to run for office of president is more than welcome to contest.
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