- INEC says it is prepared to conduct bye-elections which were postponed due to security concerns
- The electoral commission disclosed that it held meetings with political parties before it chose a date for the polls
- INEC said it can now proceed with the elections now that peace has returned to the affected states
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that all pending bye-elections across the country will be conducted on December 5.
The announcement was made by the commission on Friday, November 13, in a statement through its spokesperson, Festus Okoye.
The elections were supposed to have held on October 31 but were postponed due to protests in some parts of the country.
INEC said it fixed the date for the polls after extensive consultations with political parties and civil society organisations.
According to the electoral body, findings from the meeting it had with stakeholders indicated that the security in states where the elections are scheduled to take place has improved.
The commission appealed to all stakeholders in the states where the elections are to be conducted to cooperate with election officials.
Meanwhile, Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the INEC, has revealed why he handed over to Muazu Ahmed despite his reappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking on Monday, November 9, at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, the electoral umpire said it will be inappropriate to continue without the confirmation of the Nigerian Senate.
Yakubu was reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, making him the first INEC boss to serve two terms.
In another report, a national commissioner of INEC, Abubakar Nahuche, has resigned his appointment.
Legit.ng reported that the news of Nahuche's resignation was confirmed by the commission on Monday, November 9.
According to the report, the official said his reasons for resigning were personal. His resignation has been accepted by the president who expressed gratitude to him for his services.
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