Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said all reruns and bye-elections may be conducted by the first week of February next year.
He spoke on Monday at an extraordinary consultative meeting with politicians and parties held in Abuja.
With regards to the bye-elections, you may recall that in my recent address at the swearing-in of new Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, which was combined with our last quarterly meeting with the RECs nationwide, I made a commitment that the Commission will conduct elections to fill vacancies in the national and state assembly constituencies.
“The Commission is looking at the first week of February 2024. That is, in just a little over one month to conduct both the re-run and bye-elections.
At the end of this consultative meeting, the Commission will meet to review preparations and announce a definite date, including the detailed timetable and schedule of activities for the elections.
“Full delimitation details, including locations, number of polling units, registered voters and Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) collected in each constituency will be uploaded to our website for public information,” he stated.
The INEC boss said the purpose of the meeting is to brief party leaders on the Commission’s preparation for the forthcoming elections.
He said: “The elections are in two categories. First, as the Election Petition Appeal Tribunals set up in the aftermath of the 2023 general election gradually wind up their proceedings, the Commission is required to conduct rerun elections in some constituencies by court order.
“Secondly, INEC is also required to conduct bye-elections to fill vacancies arising from the death or resignation of members of the National and State Houses of Assembly.
The Commission intends to combine and conduct the two categories of elections on the same day. The details will be discussed at this meeting.
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As you are aware, rerun elections only involve the parties and candidates that participated in the general election unless a party wishes to replace a deceased candidate.
“However, bye-elections are fresh elections. Consequently, political parties must conduct fresh primaries within the limited period provided by law.