- Bye-elections scheduled to take place in 11 states on October 31 have been postponed
- INEC made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, October 22
- The commission took the decision following the security situation in parts of Nigeria
The bye-elections scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 31, in 11 states have been postponed, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Festus Okoye, the national commission and chairman, information and voter education committee made this known in a statement shared on INEC's official Twitter account on Thursday, October 22.
According to Okoye, the commission took the decision following an emergency meeting with 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to review preparations following the current security situation in some parts of Nigeria.
However, following the current security situation in parts of the country INEC decided to postpone the bye-elections in the 6 senatorial districts and 9 state constituencies.
The commission's decision is in compliance with Section 26 (2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which gives INEC the power to postpone an election if there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on that date.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos state chapter of the All Progresives Congress (APC) has denied picking consensus candidates for the Lagos East senatorial and Kosofe Constituency 2 House of Assembly by-elections.
This was disclosed in a statement by the state publicity secretary Seye Oladejo. Oladejo urged the public to wait for the outcome of the primaries.
Following the unfortunate demise of Senator Sikiru Bayo Osinowo and Hon. Tunde Braimoh the two seats became vacant.
In a related development, Ayo Fayose counseled the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that former deputy national chairman of Chief Bode George, should be sent on “political retirement”.
According to the former Ekiti state governor, this would help the party to make progress and win elections in Lagos state.
Fayose said this in a statement by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, titled, ‘Lagos PDP must retire Bode George to make progress, urges support for BOG to win senatorial bye-election – Fayose’.
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