Independent National Electoral Commission has released new guidelines on the conduct of the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections, as well as nine bye-elections across seven states of the federation.
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Festus Okoye, stated this on Thursday night at the end of the commission’s management meeting.
He said the commission approved its Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic and that the general purpose of the policy was to enable officials and staff of INEC understand and respond adequately to the challenges of conducting elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide a guide for engagement with stakeholders as they prepare for elections.
Okoye said in addition to the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states, INEC has received the official declaration of vacancies for four Senatorial Districts and read reports of the passing of a Senator and four members of some state houses of assembly.
He said the commission is planning for nine bye-elections across seven states of the Federation, with Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Imo North Senatorial District and Plateau South Senatorial District among others.