INEC postpones Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states.

The electoral body, which had earlier scheduled governorship elections in the two states for November 2, this Thursday shifted them by two weeks.

With the new date, governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states will now hold on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

The development was contained in a statement INEC released through its National Commissioner and chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

Okoye said that “the timelines for all other activities leading to the elections have also been adjusted to align with the new date.”

According to him, the decision was taken during the commission’s regular weekly meeting held this Thursday, May 16, “after a careful consideration of the appeals.”

Ripples Nigeria had on Tuesday reported that INEC is considering shifting date for governorship election in Bayelsa State.

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INEC had given the hint after stakeholders from Bayelsa, led by the state deputy governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (retd), paid a courtesy visit to INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, during which time they asked him to adjust the date for the governorship election.

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