INEC schedules Lere Federal Constituency by-election in Kaduna State for Aug.14

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Aug. 14 for Lere Federal Constituency -election in Kaduna State.

Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Okoye said the commission met on Thursday and discussed a number of issues including the conduct of outstanding -elections.

He said that INEC received a communication from the in which the of the of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, declared vacancy for the federal constituency.

This according to him, this followed the death of the representing  the Constituency, Mr Suleiman Lere on April 6.

“Consequently, the commission has fixed Saturday Aug. 14 for the conduct of -election to fill the vacant seat for the said constituency in the of Representatives.

“The official notification for the election will published on July 12 political parties shall conduct their primaries between July 13 and July 24.

“The Access Code for online submission of nomination will available for collection from July 24 at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja the last day for submission of the list of nominated candidates is  6p.m., on July 27,’’ he said.

Okoye advised political parties to submit the of their polling agents to INEC Electoral Officer for Lere Local Government Area (LGA) on/or before July 31, saying that campaigns political parties shall end on Aug. 12 for the bye-election.

He said the detailed timetable and schedule of activities for the -election had been uploaded on the commission’s website and social media platforms.

Okoye reiterated that the -election would hold based on the voters’ register as well as polling units and voting points for the 2019 general election across the constituency covering Lere LGA of Kaduna State.

This, according to him was in view of the recent conclusion of work on the expansion of voter access to polling units in the country and the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

The commission enjoined all political parties to strictly adhere to the timetable and schedule of activities to avoid rancorous primaries and violence during the campaigns and throughout the electoral process.

He, however, advised political parties to conduct valid primaries in accordance section 87(4c) of the Electoral Act.

Okoye also advised them to pay close attention to Section 285 of the Constitution and section 87(9) of the Electoral Act on the implications of willful disregard to the of the constitution, the electoral Act and the of the guidelines of a political party for conduct of party primaries. (NAN)