The bye-elections scheduled to take place in 11 states on Saturday, October 31, have been postponed by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This was revealed by Festus Okoye, the National Commission, and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee.
Okoye made this known in a statement shared on INEC’s official Twitter handle on Thursday, October 22.
The commission took the decision following an emergency meeting with 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to review preparations for the bye-elections following the current security situation in parts of the country.
Thus, 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.
Okoye said: “INEC met today, 22nd October 2020 with the 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to review preparations for the 15 bye-elections in 11 States of the Federation scheduled to hold on October 31.
Recall that on Wednesday, October 21, the commission notified the nation that having taken cognizance of the current security situation in parts of the country, a meeting with the 37 RECs will be held to evaluate the situation in the states and constituencies where bye-elections have been scheduled.
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