Breaking: INEC Postpones Bye-elections

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

It said the elections, were affected by the current security challenges in the country.

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

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

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“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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