The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 11, 2023 for the conduct of Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi governorship elections.
The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, of INEC, Festus Okoye, disclosed this yesterday at the end of the commission’s management meeting in Abuja.
He said at its weekly meeting held on October 22, 2022, the commission approved the timetable and schedule of activities for the Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states’ governorship elections.
He said the decision is in fulfilment of the requirement of Section 28(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 which mandates the commission to publish the notice of election not later than 360 days before the date fixed for the elections.
“Similarly, sections 178(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 mandate the commission to conduct such elections not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of the last holder of the office.”
“The tenure of the incumbent governor of Imo State ends on January 14, 2024, while those of Kogi and Bayelsa states end on January 26, 2024 and February 13, 2024 respectively.
“Accordingly, the commission has decided to conduct the three elections on Saturday, November 11th, 2023,” Okoye said.