INEC to Conduct Re-run Elections in 34 Constituencies, Meets with Political Parties Leaders

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC by the order of the Election Petition Appeal Tribunals will at the first week of February 2024 be conducting a re-run elections in 34 constituencies made up of one Senatorial District, 11 Federal Constituencies and 22 State Assembly constituencies. 

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman disclosed this today, 18 December, 2023 at the extraordinary meeting with Political parties leaders barely two months after the last regular quarterly consultative meeting for the year which was held on Tuesday 25th October 2023.

He said the purpose of the meeting is to brief party leaders on the Commission’s preparation for the forthcoming elections to be held early in the new year. 

Professor Yakubu said the 34 constituencies constitute 2.8% of the 1,191 petitions filed by litigants and significantly, out of the 34 re-run elections, it is only in three cases that the Commission was ordered to conduct elections in the entire constituencies. In the other 31 constituencies, elections are to be held in a few polling units.. 

"The elections are in two categories. First, as the Election Petition Appeal Tribunals set up in the aftermath of the 2023 General Election gradually wind up their proceedings, the Commission is required to conduct re-run elections in some constituencies by court order. 

"Secondly, the Commission is also required to conduct bye-elections to fill vacancies arising from the death or resignation of members of the National and State Houses of Assembly. 

"The Commission intends to combine and conduct the two categories of elections on the same day, the details of which will be discussed at this meeting. As you are aware, re-run elections only involve the parties and candidates that participated in the general election unless a party wishes to replace a deceased candidate. However, bye-elections are fresh elections. Consequently, political parties must conduct fresh primaries within the limited period of time provided by law.

The INEC Chairman opined that at the end of this consultative meeting, the Commission will meet to review preparations and announce a definite date, including the detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the elections. Full delimitation details, including locations, number of Polling Units, registered voters and Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) collected in each constituency will be uploaded to INEC website for public information.

Dignitries that attended they meeting were, Leaders of Political Parties, National Commissioners, Secretary to the Commission Ok and other Senior Officials of the Commission. 

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