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Published On: Thu, Oct 24th, 2019

INEC fixes November 30 for Katsina bye election

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From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 30 for the Katsina State House of Assembly by-election for Sabuwa constituency seat.
Ibrahim Zarewa, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) yesterday in Katsina disclosed this while briefing journalists on activities slated for the period before the poll in katsina.
It would be recalled that the seat of the state constituency became vacant following the death of the then member, Hon Mustafa Abdullahi.
Abdullahi, 60, had lost his life in a ghastly motor accident along Funtua-Zaria road on July 5, this year.
Before his demise, the lawmaker had been elected in 2015 to the assembly and re-elected in 2019.
His death thus made the seat to become vacant, which led to a stakeholders meeting to determine the date for the election.
Although the election was supposed to have taken place three months after the seat was declared vacant, the exercise was however shifted to the new date due to the security situation in the area.
Zarewa said notice of election has been made public as at Tuesday, while conduct of primaries by political parties including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries, is expected to take place from between October 24th to 6th November.
He said last day of submission of forms CF 001, CF 002 and nomination forms at INEC headquarters, Abuja, is scheduled between 6th to 8th of November, while last day of publication form CF 001 and list of nominated candidates is slated for 15th November.
He said party campaigns are expected to end on the 28th November, but that the commission would allow for collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) before the poll.
He revealed that the constituency has 74 polling units, 63,435 registered voters, and 61,991 PVCs collected.
He however added that 1,442 PVCs were yet to be collected, which the commission hope to issue out to owners before the election day.
Zarewa said despite the area security challenges faced in the area, efforts would be made to secure the lives of those to conduct the poll.

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