-INEC set to release timetable for the 2018 gubernatorial polls in Ekiti and Osun States.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would release the timetable for the 2018 Ekiti and Osun governorship elections on Thursday.
Naija News gathered that Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, who disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja, said the commission had commenced preparations for the elections in the two states.
“The end-of-tenure governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states will be conducted next year. In keeping with the commission’s tradition of giving all stakeholders ample time to prepare, the timetable and schedule of activities for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections will be released on Thursday,” he said.
He said INEC would conduct bye-election in Eti-Osa state constituency in Lagos state on Saturday.
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“Only yesterday, we received the official declaration of vacancy by the Honourable Speaker House of Representatives for the Kware/Wamakko Federal Constituency in Sokoto state. The timetable and schedule of activities for the election would be released on Tuesday.”
Yakubu added that as part of the preparation for 2019 general elections, which remained 505 days, the commission would intensify its efforts by ensuring that all processed involved with Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were improved upon.
He said that so far 2,786,405 citizens have registered in ongoing CVR exercise of which 1,619,513 representing 58 per cent were males while 1,166,892 (42 per cent) were females.
“In addition, 108,752 unclaimed permanent voters’ cards were collected. The commission has also recorded 132,431 requests for transfer from original places of registration to new locations.
“We also received 261,429 requests for replacement of PVCs that were damaged, defaced or wrong entries of personal and other details,” he said.