By Lateef Ibrahim
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday November 16, this year, for the conduct of a fresh election in the Kogi West Senatorial District.
The election will take place simultaneously with the Kogi State governorship election.
This decision was taken by the national leadership of INEC at a meeting yesterday at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
The Commission has similarly fixed 30th November, this year for the conduct of a bye-election for the Sabuwa State constituency of Katsina state.
While the fresh election in Kogi West senatorial district was necessitated by the nullification of the election of Senator Dino Melaye by the Court of Appeal recently, that of Sabuwa State constituency was due to the death of member occupying that seat, Hon. Mustapha Abdullahi.
Senator Dino, who is of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will slug it out with another former Senator, Mr Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, among other candidates.
Only candidates who contested in the earlier election that produced Senator Melaye, before the annulment by the court of Appeal, are eligible to participate in the fresh election.
The commission, in a statement by its
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, yesterday appealed to the candidates and political parties to conduct issue-based campaigns.
It further enjoined all stakeholders to eschew violence and avoid acts capable of creating apprehension or a sense of fear before, during and after the elections.
The statement by Okoye reads, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today (yesterday) 21st October 2019 and considered the timetable and dates of elections for the Sabuwa State Constituency of Katsina State and Kogi West Senatorial District.
“The Katsina State House of Assembly vide a letter with Reference Number KTSHA/PERIHON/124/VOL.l/24 dated 26th September 2019 notified the Commission of the death of Hon. Mustapha Abdullahi, who represented Sabuwa State Constituency of Katsina State and the subsequent declaration of vacancy by the Katsina State House of Assembly.
“Following extensive consultations with stakeholders and a review of the security situation with the relevant security agencies. the Commission has fixed 30th November 2019 for the conduct of a bye-election for the State constituency.
“The Commission will issue the Notice of Election on 23th October 2019. The conduct of party primaries will take place between 24th October and 6th November 2019 while the last day for the submission of personal particulars of candidates (form CF001) and the list of candidates (Form CFOOZ) is 8th November 2019 by 6pm.
“The last day for the submission of names and addresses of polling agents is 15th November 2019 and campaigns’will end on 28“ November 2019.
“The detailed timetable and schedule of activities has been uploaded on the Commission’s website.
“The Commission has also fixed 16th November 2019 for the conduct of a fresh election in the Kogi West Senatorial District. The election will take place simultaneously with the Kogi governorship election.
“This is sequel to the nullification of the Kogi West Senatorial District election conducted on 23th February 2019 by the Election Petitions Tribunal and its subsequent affirmation by the Court of Appeal which ordered the Commission to conduct a fresh election within 90 days from the date of judgment (I1th October 2019) with all those who participated in it as eligible candidates.
“We appeal to the candidates and political parties to conduct issue-based campaigns. We also enjoin stakeholders to eschew violence and avoid acts capable of creating apprehension or a sense of fear before, during and after the elections”, INEC said in the statement.