The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shifted the 2019 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States to November 16.
Recall that on April 9, the electoral umpire released the timetable and schedule of activities for the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections where the commission fixed November 2 for the elections to hold in both states.
According to a statement by INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, on Thursday, the commission reached the decision following appeals by the Bayelsa state government and stakeholders for a shift as the earlier date (November 2) is legally set aside as Thanksgiving Day in Bayelsa.
“The commission has received several appeals from the Government, State Assembly, elders, religious leaders, traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders in Bayelsa State, that the election coincides with the State’s Annual Thanksgiving Day which is backed by the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day Law 2012.
“After a careful deliberation of the appeals, the Commission at its regular weekly meeting held today, Thursday 16th May, decided to shift the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States to Saturday, 16th November, 2019.
“The timelines for all other activities leading to the elections have also been adjusted to align with the new date. The amended timetable and schedule of activities of the elections to this press release,” the statement read.
In the amended timetable and schedule of activities for the elections, conduct of party primaries and resolution of any dispute would hold between August 18 and September 5, while campaigns will also commence on August 18.
Personal particulars of candidates would be published on September 16, while official register of voters would be published on October 3, with campaigns ending on November 14.
See the amended timetable below: