ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed February 26 ,2022, for Ngor Okpalla State Constituency bye-election and five others six in a bid to clear of pending bye-elections and focus on the Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections.
The other scheduled bye-elections include Akure North/Akure South Federal Constituency,in Ondo State, Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency, Plateau State, Pankshin South State Constituency, also in Plateau State Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency, Cross River State and Akpabuyo State Constituency, in Cross River State.
Some of the vacancies, the Commission said, arose as a result of the death of the previous occupants; substantial disruption of the electoral process and fulfilment of constitutional and legal requirements in the electoral process.
The Commission in a statement signed by Barrister Festus Okoye INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee said it considered the issues that led to the vacancies and decided to combine the Ekiti East 1 State Constituency election with the Governorship election in Ekiti, which will hold on 18th June 2022.
It said the commission is consulting with security agencies and the critical stakeholders relating to the vacancy in Shinkafi State Constituency of Zamfara State while the Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly has not declared a vacancy in relation to Giwa State Constituency of Kaduna State.
Okoye explained: “The official notification for the elections will be published on Monday 24th January 2022. Political Parties shall conduct their primaries including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries between 26th January and 5th February 2022 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6 pm on the 9th February 2022 and this must be done through the Commission’s online nomination portal.
“Political Parties shall submit the names of their Polling Agents for the election to the Electoral Officer of the Local Government on or before 12th February 2022 and campaigns by Political parties shall stop on 24th February 2022. The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 5th February 2022 at the Commission’s headquarters.
Meanwhile, the commission said it is about concluding preparation for the FCT local council election bill to run simultaneously with the scheduled bye-elections.
A total of 475 candidates sponsored by all the 18 political parties are vying for the 68 constituencies involving six Area Council Chairmen and 62 Councillors.
The FCT is the only part of Nigeria where INEC conducts Local Government elections.
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