COVID-19: INEC shifts Bayelsa , Imo bye-elections indefinitel

COVID-19: INEC shifts Bayelsa , Imo bye-elections indefinitel

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has shifted the bye-elections to fill the vacant seats of Bayelsa West and Central senatorial districts.
 The Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman, Info and Voter Training Committee, Festus Okoye in a press release  stated the electoral fee had acquired notifications of vacancies of the Bayelsa Central and West senatorial districts following the swearing into workplace of Senators Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo as governor and deputy- governor respectively.
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 In line with him, the fee additionally acquired notification of vacancies in  of Imo North  and Plateau South senatorial districts following the deaths of Senators Benjamin Uwajumogu and Longian Ignatius  Dalong respectively.
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He stated following the declaration of the vacancies, the electoral fee had commenced preparation for the conduct of the bye-election noting that nevertheless given the well being emergency occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic and the preventive measures put in place by well being authorities, federal and state governments, the fee had determined to postpone the 4 senatorial districts bye-elections till the scenario normalizes.
   Okoye who stated the timetable and schedule of actions for the postponed bye-elections will probably be issued as quickly because the coronavirus pandemic is contained, stressing that the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September and October 2020 respectively usually are not affected.
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That is in step with Part 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which empowers the fee to postpone any election within the occasion of any emergency or pure catastrophe.
“The fee is compelled to take this step in recognition of the truth that all main actions within the electoral course of contain giant gathering of individuals.
“These embrace the conduct of political occasion primaries, campaigns, stakeholder conferences, coaching and deployment of election and safety personnel, motion of accredited observers and journalists, congregation of voters and different stakeholders at polling models, in addition to the collation centers.
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Whereas the fee acknowledges the fitting and want of residents for efficient illustration, there’s an over-riding public curiosity in making certain the well being, security and properly being of all stakeholders,” Okoye stated.

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