Thursday, 28 February 2019

Inec is set to conduct governorship and state house of assembly election

Abuja – The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) says it has made progress
for the smooth conduct of governorship and
State House of Assemblies elections, on March
Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) chairman Mahmood
Yakubu addresses the audience on
February 25, 2019 in Abuja during the
presidential elections announcement. –
Muhammadu Buhari got off to a winning
start in his bid for re-election as
Nigeria’s president, as the first result
was announced today from weekend
polls. The 76-year-old former military
ruler won 219,231 votes in the
southwestern state of Ekiti, while his
main opponent, Atiku Abubakar, got
154,032, the electoral commission
announced. (Photo AFP)
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at
the commission’s meeting with Resident
Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Thursday,
said that the governorship election would hold
in 29 states.
He explained that governorship elections in
the remaining seven states were staggered
and had already been conducted off season.
“As you are aware in seven states, the
governorship elections are staggered and
conducted off season. We have since
concluded these elections.
“There will be governorship election in 29
states and in all the states of the federation
there will be state assembly elections and in
the Federal Capital Territory where the area
council election coincides with the general
“We are also conducting elections in 68
constituencies and for six council chairmen
and 52 councillors.
“So, we thought that since the RECs were here
with the State Collation Officers for the
Presidential election, it is important for us to
meet and review the experiences of the last
elections with a view to strengthening our
processes towards a successful conduct of the
state elections on Saturday March 9.
“We have gone very far with the arrangements
for the elections, election will hold on March
9, with the election of governor for states as
well as members of the state assemblies.
“To ensure the purpose of this meeting is in
keeping with the tradition of the commission,
once you conduct a national election, you
take stock and review, so that processes and
procedures are strengthened learning from
the experience of previous elections before
going into state elections.’’
Elections: Ekiti First To Conclude
Collation – INEC
The INEC chairman said the commission would
issue a news statement on decisions taken at
the closed door session of the meeting. (NAN)
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