The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled a date for the Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi governorship elections next year.
The electoral body, which picked November 11, 2023, for the conduct of the governorship elections, also approved the timetable at its weekly meeting on Tuesday.
The Commission fixed primary elections by parties for March 27 to April 17, 2023.
Naija News reports that INEC, who revealed this in a statement signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said “this decision is in fulfilment of the requirement of Section 28(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 which mandates the Commission to publish the Notice of Election not later than 360 days before the date fixed for the elections.
“Similarly, Sections 178(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 mandates the Commission to conduct such elections not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of the last holder of the office.
“The tenure of the incumbent Governor of Imo State ends on 14th January 2024 while those of Kogi and Beyelsa States end on 26th January 2024 and 13th February 2024 respectively.
“Accordingly, the Commission has decided to conduct the three elections on Saturday 11th November 2023.
“The statutory Notice for the elections will be published in the three States on 14th November 2022. Party primaries will be held from 27th March to 17th April 2023, while the online portal for the submission of nomination forms (EC9 and EC9B) by political parties opens at 9.00 am on 24th April 2023 and closes at 6.00 pm on 5th May 2023.
“The final list of candidates will be published on 9th June 2023 while campaign by political parties commences on 14th June 2023 and ends at midnight on 9th November 2023.
“The full Timetable and Schedule of Activities has been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms,” Okoye noted.