INEC shifts Bayelsa, Kogi guber polls to Nov 16


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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday granted the wish of Bayelsa state to have the governorship election shifted from November 2nd to 16th this year. The Commission also disclosed that the Kogi guber poll will hold on the same date of November 16th. In a statement signed by the National Commissioner in Charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye said other activities will also be adjusted to align with the new date. The statement reads: “It will be recalled that on 9th April 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (lNEC) released the timetable and schedule of activities for the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections. The Commission fixed 2nd November for the elections to hold in both States. “However, the Commission has received several appeals from the Government, State Assembly, Elders, Religious leaders, Traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders in Bayelsa state that the election date coincides with the State’s Annual Thanksgiving Day which is backed by the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day Law 2012. “After a careful consideration of the appeals the Commission at its regular weekly meeting held Thursday 16th May decided to shift the govemorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States to Saturday 16th November 2019. “The timelines for all other activities leading to the elections have also been adjusted to align with the new date. The amended timetable and schedule of activities for the elections is attached to this press release.”