Published On: Thu, Nov 3rd, 2016

INEC Bows To Senate, Fixes Rivers Re-Run For Dec. 10

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By Dipo Awojobi – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed December 10 for the conduct of the outstanding National and State Assembly elections in Rivers.

The Senate had on Wednesday, gave INEC December 10 deadline to conduct pending elections in Rivers and other parts of the country.

INEC Chairman

INEC Chairman

The Senate also threatened to suspend plenary if the commission failed to meet the deadline.

But a statement by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Auguta Ogakwu, on Thursday in Abuja said that the rerun will hold on December 10, even as it approved December 3 to conduct election for the vacant Ifako/Ijaiye seat of Lagos state in the House of Representatives.

The seat became vacant following the death last July of the member who represented the constituency in the House, Mr. Adewale Oluwatayo.

On the same day, according to the statement, the Commission will also conclude rescheduled Councillorship polls in some area councils in the Federal Capital Territory.

“After months of intensive planning and wide consultations, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday approved the conduct of Lagos’ House of Representative election on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

“Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Councillorship election will also hold on Saturday, Dec 3, 2016.

“Rivers, National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) and State House of Assembly elections on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016,” the statement said.

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