Thursday, October 22, 2020

INEC postpones bye-elections over current security situation in Nigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed 15 senatorial and state bye-elections earlier planned to hold in 11 states.

INEC said the elections, slated for October 30, were postponed over the current security situation.

This was contained in a statement by INEC’s spokesperson, Festus Okoye, today.

Part of the statement read, Accordingly, the commission has decided to postpone the bye-elections in the six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies.

“This decision is in compliance with Section 26 (2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which gives the commission 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, or that it is impossible to conduct the election as a result of natural disaster or other emergencies.

“The commission will continue to monitor the situation in all the states and constituencies, consult with relevant stakeholders, and meet again in two weeks to review the situation and decide on a feasible date for the election.”

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