- Fixtures for re-run elections out thursday
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said no fewer than 100,000 new voters registered with the commission under the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in Edo and Ondo States.
The commission also said its officials are recently doing de-duplication to ensure that there were no multiple registrants before distributing permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) to the registered voters.
Speaking during the opening of the second quarterly meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja, yesterday, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, promised that the suspended re-run elections in four states would be conducted before July 31.
He said INEC would meet to fix the date for suspended rerun elections in Rivers, Imo, Kogi and Kano States today.
“Already, the commission has began consultation with critical stakeholders, including leaders of political parties and security agencies, and has scheduled a meeting in Abuja today where the actual date for the re-run elections would be fixed,” the INEC boss he said.
Yakubu told the RECs: “There are a number of issues to be discussed, though this is a regular meeting, notably, the preparations for the forthcoming elections, the conclusion of rerun in Rivers, Kano, Imo and Kogi States.
“We have started the processes of consultation to determine the date for the conclusion of the rerun elections in the four states that I have mentioned not later than July 31. We have met with political parties and security agencies.
“Today, it is the turn of RECs and thereafter tomorrow (today), we shall have the national stakeholders forum involving political parties, candidates involved in the elections, the security agencies, RECs, the civil society organisations and the media, to fix a date for the exercise.
“Secondly, we are also going to discuss preparations for the forthcoming end of tenure governorship elections in Edo on September 10 and Ondo on November 26,” he said.