- INEC is set to conduct bye-elections in eight states across the country
- This was revealed in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, August 11, by the spokesperson of INEC, Festus Okoye
- Four of the bye-elections are to fill senatorial seats that became vacant mainly due to the death of their former occupants
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed 12 state and National Assembly bye-elections for Saturday, October 31 in eight states.
This was revealed in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, August 11, by the spokesperson of the commission, Festus Okoye.
Four of the bye-elections are to fill senatorial seats that became vacant mainly due to the death of their former occupants.
Two other senatorial seats in Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West are to replace Duoye Diri, who is now Bayelsa state governor and his deputy, who were former senators.
A former governor of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson is already gearing up to contest in one of the senatorial districts in the state under the Peoples Democratic Party.
Other senatorial districts were elections would be held are Plateau South, Cross River North, Imo North and Lagos East.
Okoye also revealed that political parties will conduct their primaries to nominate candidates for the elections between August 24 and September 8.
He added that the submission of forms and personal particulars of candidates will commence on September 9, and close at 6 p.m. on September 13.
He also said the timetable and schedule of activities for the bye-elections have been uploaded on the commission’s website and social media platforms.
“The commission implores concerned stakeholders, particularly political parties to take note of the timelines in the schedule and strictly adhere to them,” part of the statement read.
Meanwhile, INEC has announced that it has set up a dedicated public portal where election results can be viewed live from polling units.
According to INEC, the portal known as 'The INEC Result Viewing (IReV)' is a major step is to further strengthen its election management process and enhance the transparency of its system.
The commission also explained that Nigerians will be able to view polling unit results in real-time as voting ends on election day.
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