The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday has announced the date for off-cycle governorship polls in Edo and Ondo states.
INEC made this known on Tuesday in a statement signed by the Chairman of the INEC Voter Committee, Sam Olumekun.
The electoral body announced that the governorship election in Ondo is slated for November 16, 2024 while the Edo poll will be held on September 21, 2024.
INEC said party primaries would be held between February 1 and 24, 2024 while the submission of the list of nominated candidates via the online portal would start at 9 am on March 4, 2024 and close at 6 pm on March 24, 2024.
“As provided in Section 178 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), election into the said offices shall hold not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the tenure of` the last holder of the office,” the statement read.
“The latest date for Election to the office of Governor, Edo State, is 12th October 2024 while that of Ondo State is 24th January 2025.
“Similarly, Section 28(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022 requires the Commission to publish Notice for the Election not later than 360 days before the date of the election.”