The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed December 5, 2020 for the conduct of postponed by-elections across the nation.
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, announced the new date on Friday, saying December 5 was chosen following consultations with stakeholders.
He said, “The commission consulted with political parties and civil society organizations on Tuesday 10th November 2020 and with the media and the Inter-Agency Consultative
Committee on Election Security on Wednesday 11th November 2020.
“Finally, it met with all Resident Electoral Commissioners on Thursday, 12th November 2020.
“Based on these consultations, the commission believes that security in the affected states has improved while the environmental challenges have reasonably abated.
“Consequently, the commission has decided to hold all the pending bye-elections on Saturday December 5, 2020.”
The 15 by-elections will hold in 11 states across the country.
NEC was forced to postpone the election following the peaceful #EndSARS protest.
INEC had also said it postponed the election following vandalisation of its offices and facilities by hoodlums.
Six of the bye-elections are to fill senatorial seats that became vacant due to the death of their former occupants and the election of Duoye Diri, who represented Bayelsa Central, as Bayelsa State governor.
The senatorial bye-elections are to be conducted in Bayelsa Central, Bayelsa West, Cross River North, Imo North, Lagos East and Plateau South senatorial districts.
INEC also called on voters and other stakeholders in the states with pending bye-elections to continue to cooperate with the commission in its efforts to deliver credible elections under a safe environment.
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