The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday said it would on Monday, November 14, officially publish the voters’ register in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
This was announced in a statement by the commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye.
The statement said the registers would also be made available to all the political parties sponsoring candidates for the November 16 governorship election in the states.
The commission also implored candidates of political parties to eschew making comments and insinuations capable of inciting violence and instill fear in the electorate in the states.
The statement also requested the parties to submit names of Polling Agents as it would end on November 2, while all forms of campaigning are expected to end on November 14, two days before the election.
“In line with Section 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Monday, 14th October, 2019, officially publish the Register of Voters and present same to all the political parties sponsoring candidates for Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections, scheduled for 16th November, 2019.
“The events will take place at the Commission’s offices in Yenagoa, for Bayelsa State, and Lokoja for Kogi State, and will be presided over by the Supervising National Commissioners and assisted by the Resident Electoral Commissioners of the respective states.
“From our records, a total of 45 political parties will take part in the govemorship election in Bayelsa State, while 23 will contest in Kogi State, being those who are sponsoring validly nominated candidates.
“As we continue the countdown to the elections in the two states, the Commission wishes to remind the political parties that 2nd November, 2019 is the last day for submission of names of Polling Agents for the election to the Electoral Officers in the two states while 14th November, 20l9 is the last day for campaigns.
“We appeal to all candidates to avoid comments capable of inciting violence and instilling fear during their campaigns,” INEC concluded.