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#EndSARS: INEC postpones Lagos, Imo, Bayelsa, other by-elections

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Following the ongoing #EndSARS nationwide protests, the Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC) has announced the indefinite postponement of the by-elections in the six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies.

The by-elections are to take place in Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Nganzai and Bayo constituencies in Borno State, Cross River North Senatorial District and  Obudu Constituency in Cross River.

Others are Imo North Senatorial District, Lagos East Senatorial District, Kosofe II Constituency in Lagos State, Plateau South Senatorial District, Bakura Constituency in Zamfara and Ibaji Constituency in Kogi.

The by-elections in the federal and state legislative houses were due to resignation or death of members in the eight states of the federation.

The commission said it would continue to monitor the situation and meet again in two weeks to decide on a feasible date for the elections.

INEC National Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement said “the commission has decided to postpone the bye-elections in the six Senatorial Districts and nine state constituencies. This decision is in compliance with Section 26 (2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which gives the commission the power to postpone an election if there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on that date, or that it is impossible to conduct the elections as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies.”

“The commission appeals for calm and understanding of the stakeholders and voters in the states where elections were scheduled. The safety of the voters, election officials and other stakeholders is paramount to the Commission in conducting elections.

“We are convinced that the country will emerge from the current challenges stronger while our electoral process will continue to improve”, INEC said.

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