The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has postponed the fifteen national and state assembly bye-elections earlier scheduled for the 31st of October in Eleven States.

A statement by the INEC National Commissioner for Information, Festus Okoye notes that the decision is in compliance with Section 26, Sub-section 2 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which gives the Commission the power to postpone an election if there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on that date, or that it is impossible to conduct the elections as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies.

The statement further adds that the Commission will continue to monitor the situation in all the States and Constituencies, consult with relevant Stakeholders and meet again in two weeks to review the situation and decide on a feasible date for the elections.

The Commission appeals for calm and understanding of the stakeholders and voters in the States where elections were scheduled.

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