INEC To Conduct FCT LG Poll, Bye-elections in four states

 

From Vcitor Osula, Abuja

Mr Festus Okoye, INEC  National  Commissioner and Chairman,  Information and Voter Education Committee.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has concluded plans to conduct Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and by elections into federal and Houses of Assembly polls in four states in the country.

The FCT Council polls, which is the only one the electoral umpire is constitutional mandated to conduct in the country will take place on February 12  the while the federal and state by-elections to fill vacant position due to the death of former occupants will hold on February 26 in  Akure North/Akure South Federal Constituency in Ondo State; Jos North/ Bassa Federal Constituency and Pankshin South State Constituenct, both in Plateau State; Ogoja/ Yala Federal Constituency and Akpabuyo State Constituency, both in Cross River State and Ngor- Okpala State Constituency in Imo State.

According to Mr Festus  Okoye,  National  Commissioner and Chairman,  Information and Voter Education Committee of the commission, “the commission is finalizing arrangements for the election Permanent Voters Cards for all new registrants as well as requests for transfers and replacements of damaged cards have been printed and are available in all the six Area Councils for collection.”

He said the commission has scheduled stakeholders engagements for political parties on Tuesday 18,  Civil Society Organisations  for Wednesday 19, Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security for Thursday 20 and Media Organisations for Friday, 21.

According to him, “a political parties fielding candidates for the bye-election must comply with the activities and timelines set out in the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the bye-election and conduct valid direct and indirect primaries in accordance with the dictates of sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010″ He added that  any party that violated the rule and present candidates who failed to meet these requirements would be fined N500, 000.”

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