OrderPaperToday- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday announced dates for the conduct of rerun elections into federal and state constituencies and senatorial districts across the country.
The Commission revealed that the Court of Appeal annulled 80 elections in 16 states of the federation and the election reruns will hold between February 13 and March 19, 2016.
In a statement signed by the Secretary of the Commission Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, since elections had been conducted in Gombe State, there will be rerun polls in the following states- Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers.
The statement said: “Stakeholders in the electoral process and public interests in the subject, INEC at its meeting held on Monday, February 1, 2016 considered and approved dates for the conduct of elections as ordered by the Court of Appeal.”
The commission however said that there would be no fresh primaries in constituencies where the Court disqualified a candidate based on improper conduct of the party primary.
According to the statement, while elections in 69 constituencies of the affected states would be with the same political parties and their respective candidates who participated in the annulled elections, some political parties in 11 constituencies, cut across seven states, would not be participating in the rerun polls.