#EndSARS: INEC Postpones Legislative Bye-Elections In Lagos, 10 Other States



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the legislative bye-elections scheduled to hold in Lagos and 10 other states across the country.

The bye-elections were scheduled to hold on 31 October, 2020 but INEC announced the postponement in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

Obviously in response to the prevailing #EndSARS protest going on in some parts of the country, the electoral body stated that the decision to postpone the bye-elections was in view “of the current security situation in parts of the country.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today, 22 October, 2020 with the 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to review preparations for the 15 bye-elections in 11 states of the federation scheduled to hold on 31 October, 2020.

“On Wednesday 21 October, 2020, the commission notified the nation that having taken cognizance of the current security situation in parts of the country, a meeting with the 37 RECs will be held to evaluate the situation in the states and constituencies where bye-elections have been scheduled,” the release stated.

However, the electoral body did not give a new date for conduct of the exercise as it stated: “Accordingly, the commission has decided to postpone the bye-elections in the six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies.

“This decision is in compliance with Section 26 (2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which gives the commission the power to postpone an election if there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on that date, or that it is impossible to conduct the elections as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies.

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“The commission will continue to monitor the situation in all the states and constituencies, consult with relevant stakeholders and meet again in two weeks to review the situation and decide on a feasible date for the elections.

“The commission appeals for calm and understanding of the stakeholders and voters in the states where elections were scheduled.

“The safety of the voters, election officials and other stakeholders is paramount to the commission in conducting elections.

“We are convinced that the country will emerge from the current challenges stronger while our electoral process will continue to improve.”

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