THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is holding a meeting on Thursday, October 21, with the 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), to evaluate the situation in the States and constituencies where bye-elections have been scheduled.
In a statement by the National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education of INEC, Festus Okoye, the commission recalled that the conduct of bye-elections in 15 constituencies in 11 States had been scheduled for 31st October 2020.
These consist of six Senatorial and nine State House of Assembly seats. The vacancies were as a result of death and resignation of previous members.
It explained that the Commission has been engaged in meticulous preparations for the bye-elections for several weeks in its determination to continue to deliver free, fair, credible and safe elections for Nigerians.
“However, the Commission is not oblivious of the current mood of the nation, the security situation, natural disasters and other emergencies reported in parts of the country. Indeed, the Commission has been monitoring these situations regarding their possible impact on the smooth conduct of the bye-elections,” the statement said.
The Commission has assured that the outcome of the meeting will be communicated to the public immediately after the meeting.
“The Commission wishes to assure Nigerians of its diligent preparations for these elections and to thank all stakeholders for their understanding and support,” the statement added. (Realnews)