By Chuks Okocha
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday fixed April 10, 2021, for the conduct of bye elections in the vacant Isoko North State Constituency Election of Delta state.
The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Information, Mr. Festus Okoye, said that the vacancy arose as a result of the death of Hon. Tim Kome Owhefere, member representing Isoko North State Constituency of Delta State in the House of Assembly and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the state constituency by the Delta State House of Assembly.
Okoye said that the commission has fixed Saturday April 10, 2021, for the conduct of the bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Isoko North State Constituency of Delta State.
He said: “The official notification for the election will be published on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Political parties shall conduct their primaries between March 11 and 20, 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6p.m. on March 24, 2021.”
Okoye said that political parties should submit the names of their polling agents for the election to the electoral officer of the Local Government on or before March 27, 2021 and campaigns by political parties shall stop on April 8, 2021.
He further disclosed that the access code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from March 20, 2021 at the commission’s headquarters.
He urged political parties fielding candidates for the bye-election to pay close attention to the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the bye-election and to conduct transparent and valid party primaries in line with the dictates of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 [as amended].