INEC To Release Dates For 2018 Ekiti, Osun Gubernatorial Polls

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to release election dates for the 2018 Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial polls.

At a meeting with resident electoral commissioners on Thursday in Abuja, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says that INEC had started preparations for the elections in the two states.

“The end-of-tenure governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states will be conducted next year.

“In keeping with the commission’s tradition of giving all stakeholders ample time to prepare, the timetable and schedule of activities for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections will be released on Thursday,” Yakubu says.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
INEC Chairman

He adds that INEC would on Saturday conduct bye-election in Eti-Osa state constituency in Lagos state.

“Only yesterday, we received the official declaration of vacancy by the Honourable Speaker House of Representatives for the Kware/Wamakko Federal Constituency in Sokoto state.

“The timetable and schedule of activities for the election would be released on Tuesday.”

According to Yakubu, as part of the preparation for 2019 general elections, which remained 505 days away, the commission would continue to explore ways by which all processes associated with Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were improved upon.

He says that so far 2,786,405 citizens have registered in ongoing CVR exercise of which 1,619,513 representing 58 per cent were males while 1,166,892 (42 per cent) were females.

“In addition, 108,752 unclaimed permanent voters’ cards were collected.

“The commission has also recorded 132,431 requests for transfer from original places of registration to new locations.

“We also received 261,429 requests for replacement of PVCs that were damaged, defaced or wrong entries of personal and other details.”

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