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INEC Postponed governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa releases new timetable

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced a schedule of activities for the governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa States gubernatorial elections draws near.

In a statement on Thursday by INEC’s Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the Commission explained that the decision followed several appeals by critical stakeholders in Bayelsa State.

Okoye recalled that the electoral body had on April 9 slated November 2 for elections to hold in both states.

“The Commission has released several appeals from the Government, State Assembly, elders, religious leaders, traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders in Bayelsa State that the election date coincides with the State’s Annual Thanksgiving Day which is backed by the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day Law 2012.

 

The Prof Mahmood Yakubu commission had earlier on Thursday shifted the date for the Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship election from Nov. 2 to Nov. 16.

The Commission disclosed this in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye on Thursday in Abuja.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced a schedule of activities for the governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa States respectively.

The commission had earlier on Thursday shifted the date for the Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship election from Nov. 2 to Nov. 16.

The Commission disclosed this in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye on Thursday in Abuja.

In a unanimous decision, according to Okoye, the commission’s regular weekly meeting held on Thursday, following several appeals received by INEC from critical stakeholders from Bayelsa, demanding for a change in the earlier fixed date.

However, according to the amended timetable and schedule of activities for the elections signed by Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony, the notice for the elections would be released on Aug. 17.

Collection of forms CF001 and CF002 by political parties from INEC for the elections would be on Aug. 18, while the conduct of parties primaries would hold from Aug. 18 to Sept 5, and election campaign would commenced by Aug. 18.

The commission also scheduled Oct. 2 as the last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties and Nov. 14 as the last day for political campaigns.

 

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