- INEC has announced the postponement of by-elections in some states in Nigeria
- The electoral umpire had fixed October 31, for the conduct of the elections before it was postponed
- Festus Okoye, the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, made this known on Thursday, November 5
The by-election earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 31, in 11 states across the country has again been postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Nigerian Tribune reports that the postponement was announced by the INEC in a statement issued by the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, on Thursday, November 5, citing the security situation in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that while making reference to the movement for the reform of the Nigeria Police Force and proscription of the Special Anti Robbery Squad tagged EndSARS protests, INEC said its offices and facilities have been vandalised.
It said it would consult with stakeholders before deciding on a definite date for the conduct of the by-elections.
The statement read:
"The public will recall that the commission met on 22nd October 2020 with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to deliberate on the 15 outstanding by-elections in 11 states of the federation earlier scheduled for 31st October 2020. Due to the security situation in the country at the time, the commission decided to suspend the bye-elections and meet in two weeks to review its decision.
“The commission met today, Thursday, November 5, 2020 to further review the situation and decided that: The commission suffered extensive damage to and vandalisation of its local government offices and facilities, including the areas where the bye-elections are scheduled to hold.
“It is important to consult all the critical stakeholders in the electoral process before deciding on a definite date for the conduct of the bye-elections. Consequently, the commission will consult with political parties and civil society organisations on Tuesday 10th November 2020 and then with the media and Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) on Wednesday 11th November 2020."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the chairman of INE), Mahmood Yakubu, said the body was putting every plan in place to use electronic voting in the forthcoming Anambra state election.
It was reported that the INEC boss revealed on Wednesday, November 4, that the Anambra governorship election would hold in 2021 with N1 billion budgeted for the poll.
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