INEC to fix rerun dates for Imo, Rivers, Kogi and Kano today

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The Independent National Electoral Commission will fix dates for suspended rerun elections in Rivers, Imo, Kogi and Kano states on Thursday(today).

Speaking at the second quarterly meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja on Wednesday, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said  the commission was consulting with those he described as critical stakeholders, including leaders of political parties and security agencies, in the affected states.

He further stated that the commission was also expected to have a meeting with leaders of political parties in Abuja on Thursday(Today) before arriving at the dates for the rerun elections.

In his word “There are a number of issues to be discussed, though this is a regular meeting, notably, the preparations for the forthcoming elections, the conclusion of reruns in Rivers, Kano, Imo and Kogi states.

He added that the reruns were suspended due to outbreak of violence in affected states. He however assured that the reruns in the four states would be conducted before July 31.

“We have started the processes of consultation to determine the date for the conclusion of the rerun elections in the four states that I have mentioned not later than July 31. We have met with political parties and security agencies.

“Today, it is the turn of Resident Electoral Commissioners and thereafter, tomorrow (Thursday), we shall have the national stakeholders’ forum, involving political parties, candidates involved in the elections, the security agencies, REC, the civil society organisations and the media, to fix a date for the exercise.

“Secondly, we are also going to discuss preparations for the forthcoming end-of-tenure governorship elections in Edo on September 10 and Ondo on November 26.”

He explained that voters registration have been concluded in two states and the commission is presently doing de-duplication to ensure that there were no multiple registrants.


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