INEC fixes dates for Ekiti, Osun guber polls

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed dates to conduct the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said in Abuja on Wednesday that the election in Ekiti will hold on June 18, 2022, while that of Osun will hold on July 16, 2022.

Both governorship elections are part of the off-season polls which are held outside the period for general elections.

Yakubu said: “In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned, the commission has approved that the Ekiti state governorship election will hold on Saturday, 18th June 2022 while the Osun state governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday, 16th July 2022.”

He added that the commission has published the detailed timetable and schedule of activities for the two elections.

“We implore political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and thereafter conduct peaceful electioneering campaigns,” he said.

The INEC chairman also said the commission remains committed to conducting credible elections, with activities in full gear for the Anambra governorship scheduled for November 6, 2021.

“In view of the advanced preparations already made by the commission, four pending bye-elections in Kaduna, Jigawa and Plateau states will be the last to be conducted using a combination of polling units and voting points,” he said.

“Two of these elections in Sabon Gari state constituency in Kaduna state and Gwaram federal constituency in Jigawa state are holding this weekend while the commission awaits the formal declaration of vacancies in respect of Lere federal constituency of Kaduna state and Jos north/Bassa federal constituency of Plateau state.”

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