The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has announced the indefinite postponement of the bye-elections in the six Senatorial Districts and nine State Constituencies, following the #EndSARS nationwide protests.
The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, announced the postponement in a statement issued on Thursday night immediately after a meeting held with 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja.
The commission however said it would continue to monitor the situation in all the states and constituencies, consult with relevant stakeholders and meet again in two weeks to review the situation and decide on a feasible date for the elections. The pending by-elections are Bayelsa Central Senatorial District; Bayelsa West Senatorial District; Nganzai and Bayo Constituencies in Borno State; Cross River North Senatorial District; Obudu Constituency in Cross River. Read also: INEC Announces Date For 2023 Presidential Election
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 bye-elections in the federal and state legislative houses were due to the resignation or death of members in eight states of the federation.
According to the statement, the meeting was to review preparations for the 15 bye-elections in 11 States of the Federation scheduled to hold on October 31, 2020. “On Wednesday, October 21 2020, the commission notified the nation that having taken cognizance of the current security situation in parts of the country, a meeting with the 37 RECs will be held to evaluate the situation in the states and constituencies where bye-elections have been scheduled”, the statement began.