The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, said it would conduct by-elections in three states before the 2019 general elections.
According to the chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the states where it would conduct the by-elections are: Bauchi, Katsina and Cross River.
Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, Yakubu said the Commission received declaration of vacancies that require them to conduct by-elections.
He said the election of two-serving members of the House of Representatives as Senators in by-elections conducted on 11 August 2018, made Speaker, Yakubu Dogara to declare consequential vacancies in the Toro Federal Constituency in Bauchi State and the Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa Federal Constituency in Katsina State.
He said the Cross River State House of Assembly has also declared vacancy in Ikom II State Constituency following the death of the member representing the Constituency. “Consequently, the commission will conduct by-elections in the three constituencies. We have directed our Resident Electoral Commissioners in Bauchi, Katsina and Cross River States to convene stakeholders’ meetings immediately and prepare for the by-elections latest by Saturday, 17th November 2018.”
“Detailed timetable and schedule of activities for the by-elections will be released on Tuesday next week,” Yakubu added.
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