JUST-IN: Bye-election looms as INEC declares vacancies in four states

He disclosed that the February 3 rerun elections in Enugu and Kano states were disrupted by violence and thuggery, leading to the suspension of the election by the commission. The Commission will not accept requests submitted after the deadline for applications from interested media organizations....CONTINUE READING THE ARTICLE FROM THE SOURCE

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared vacancies in several constituencies across the country due to the death or resignation of members.

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According to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the affected constituencies include:

Garki/Babura Federal Constituency in Jigawa State, vacated by Hon. Isa Dogonyaro who passed away on Friday
Khana 2 State Constituency in Rivers State
Bagwai/Shanono State Constituency in Kano State
Zaria Kewaye State Constituency in Kaduna State

Prof. Yakubu announced this at a quarterly consultative meeting with media executives, stating that the commission will soon announce dates for bye-elections in the affected constituencies once preparations are concluded.

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Additionally, INEC is remobilizing to conclude outstanding re-run elections in Enugu South 1 State Constituency in Enugu State and Ghari/Tsanyawa State Constituency in Kano State, which were disrupted by violence and thuggery in February.

The commission is also urging media organizations to assist in mobilizing Nigerians, especially in Edo and Ondo states, to participate in the continuous voter registration exercise ahead of off-cycle governorship elections in both states.

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Media organizations are advised to submit applications for accreditation to report on the election, along with required documentation, to enable the commission to produce and deliver identity cards for journalists in good time.