The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to hold supplementary elections on March 9, alongside the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.
The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated this in a statement issued on Friday.
HERE IS THE STATEMENT BELOW:
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met on Thursday 28‘” February 2019 with its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to review the Presidential and National Assembly Elections held on Saturday, 23″ February 2019 and assess preparations for the Governorship, State Houses of Assembly and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections slated for Saturday, 9‘” March 2019.
. The meeting acknowledged the delays in the commencement of elections In a number of polling units which necessitated the extension of the closing of polls in the affected areas.
The Commission is determined to rectify the identified challenges before the elections on 9‘” March.
. The meeting noted a number of cancellations in certain areas due to violence, which prevented the Commission from deploying personnel and materials for the elections. In a number of locations,
it could not conclude the elections due to disruptions and deliberate noncompliance with the use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR), contrary to the lNEC Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of elections.
. Consequently, the meeting decided that supplementary elections will be conducted in all areas where elections did not take place and/or where returns could not be made on Satutday, 9m March 2019 alongside the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
. The meeting also assessed the role of security agencies in the elections. While acknowledging their professionalism In the deployment of election personnel and materials in a safe and timely manner, the conduct of certain members of the security agencies in some states is a matter of serious concern to the Commission. This matter will be further discussed directly with the lnspector-General of Police within the ambit of the lnter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES)