UPDATED: INEC fixes dates for Edo, Ondo governorship elections

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

Mr Yakubu said the Edo governorship election will hold on September 19, while that of Ondo State will hold October 10.

He added that details of the elections would be published and made public both on the INEC website and across its social media platforms.

The INEC chairman said the declaration is in pursuance of the provisions of Section 178(2) of the 1999 Constitution that states that INEC cannot hold earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of an incumbent Governor.

According to him, the tenure of the governors of Edo and Ondo states will end on November 12 and February 24, 2021 respectively.

”The commission has fixed Saturday 19th September 2020 as the date for the governorship election in Edo State and Saturday 10th October 2020 for Ondo State.

”Detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections will be published on our website and social media platforms shortly.

”The date is in Pursuant to the provisions of Section 178(2) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 25(8) of the Electoral Act 2010, elections cannot hold earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of an incumbent Governor.”

The INEC chairman also urged governorship candidates to desist from electoral violence.

“I wish to remind all parties and candidates that violence during party primaries and election campaigns, and the snatching of electoral materials and deployment of thugs against INEC officials, observers, the media and security personnel at polling units are punishable under our electoral rules,” he said.

More polls

The INEC chairman also said the commission would conduct bye-elections in three constituencies on Saturday, March 14.

He said the elections were a result of the deaths of some serving members of the National and State Assemblies.

He said the elections would hold simultaneously in Kwara, Sokoto, and Niger states.

”The Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives has declared a vacancy in Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger State. The Honourable Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly has declared a vacancy in Patigi State Constituency while the Speaker of the Sokoto State House of Assembly has declared the Kebbe State Constituency vacant.

”These bye-elections will hold simultaneously in the three (3) States of the Federation on Saturday 14th March 2020. Again, the detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities will be published on our website and social media platforms shortly,” he said.

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