INEC fixes dates for Rivers, Lagos, FCT reruns

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed December 10 for the conduct of the outstanding National and State Assembly elections in Rivers State.
A statement by the Secretary to the commission, Augusta Ogakwu, on Thursday in Abuja said that the commission had also approved December 3 to conduct election for the vacant Ifako/Ijaiye seat of Lagos State in the House of Representatives.
The seat became vacant following the death of the member who represented the constituency in the House, Adewale Oluwatayo in July.
On the same day, according to the statement, the commission will also conclude rescheduled councillorship polls in some area councils in the Federal Capital Territory.
The statement said: “After months of intensive planning and wide consultations, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday approved the conduct of Lagos’ House of Representative election on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
“Federal Capital Territory Councillorship election will also hold on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
“Rivers National Assembly, (Senate and House of Representatives) and State House of Assembly elections on Saturday December 10, 2016.”
It would be recalled that the National Assembly on Wednesday gave INEC December 10 deadline to conduct pending elections in Rivers and other parts of the country.
The Senate also threatened to suspend plenary if the commission failed to meet the deadline.

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