Based on reports on vacancies in some senatorial districts in four states, Katsina, Bauchi, Kogi, Cross River, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule of activities for bye-elections in order for the offices to be occupied.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule of activities for four bye-elections.
INEC on Thursday, July 19, said that it will on Saturday, August 11, conduct four bye-elections to occupy vacancies in Katsina north and Bauchi south senatorial districts in the states as well as Lokoja/Kogi/Koton Karfe federal constituency in Kogi state and Obudu state constituency in Cross River, Premium Times reports.
The resolve was made after the notification of vacancies had been earlier conveyed by the National Assembly and the Cross River State House of Assembly to the commission.
Adhering to the development, the commission approved the timetable and schedule of activities for the bye-elections.
The schedule, signed by Augusta Ogakwu, the secretary to INEC, stated that the last day for the conduct of primaries by political parties will be on Wednesday, July 25, while the submission of forms CF001, CF002 and nomination forms at the commission's headquarters must not exceed Friday, July 27.
This will be followed by the publication of forms CF001. A comprehensive list of nominated candidates and submission of names and addresses of party agents must be published and ended respectively on Friday, August 3.
Going by the timetable, campaigns are expected to end on Thursday, August 9, to allow for the by-elections two days later.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that a Bauchi based legal practitioner, Barrister Mukhtar Abubakar Usman, had given INEC a seven-day ultimatum to declare the Bauchi south senatorial seat opened and conduct a bye-election.
Usman, in a letter sent to INEC, said the seat had been vacant since Senator Ali Wakili previously occupying it died.
NAIJ.com gathered that in the letter which was received by the Commission on the April 20, 2018, Mukhtar Abubakar stated that on the March 17, 2018, the senator representing Bauchi south senatorial district, Ali Wakili died and consequently the seat he occupied became vacant.
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