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INEC announces date for Bayelsa, Imo Kogi elections

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the Time-table and schedule of activities for the Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi governorship elections.

A statement by the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said the decision is in fulfillment of the requirement of Section 28(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, which mandates the Commission to publish the Notice of Election not later than 360 days before the date fixed for the elections.

Similarly, Section 178(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, mandates the Commission to conduct such elections not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of the last holder of the office.

According to the statement, the tenure of the incumbent Governor of Imo State ends on January 14, 2024 while those of Kogi and Bayelsa States will end on January 26, 2024, and February 13, 2024, respectively.

Accordingly, the Commission has decided to conduct the three elections on Saturday, November 11, 2023.

It also indicated that the statutory Notice for the elections will be published in the three States on November 14, 2022.

Party primaries will be held from March 27 to April 17, 2023, while the online portal for the submission of nomination forms (EC9 and EC9B) by political parties opens at 09:00AM on April 24, 2023 and closes at 06:00PM on May 5, 2023, the statement said.

The final list of candidates will be published on June 9, 2023, while campaigns by political parties are expected to commence on June 14, 2023, and end at midnight on November 9, 2023.

The full Timetable and Schedule of Activities has been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms, the statement added.

Writing by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor