The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said it will conduct a bye-election for the Gwaram Federal Constituency of Jigawa State on June 19.
The commission’s Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this via a statement issued on Friday.
Okoye noted that the decision to conduct the exercise follows the death of the former holder of the office, Hon. Yuguda Hassan Kila on March 4, in which the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila declared the seat vacant.
“Consequently, the Commission has fixed Saturday 19th June 2021 for the conduct of bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the said Constituency in the House of Representatives,” the statement partly read.
“The official notification for the election will be published on 17th May 2021. Political parties shall conduct their primaries between 18th and 24th May 2021.
“The Access Code for online submission of nomination forms will be available for collection from 24th May 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja while the last day for submission of the list of nominated candidates is 28th May 2021 at 6.00 pm.”
Okoye also directed political parties to submit the names of their polling agents for the election to the INEC Electoral Officer for Gwaram Local Government Area on/or before 1st June 2021, adding that campaigns would end on June 17.
He revealed that the detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the bye-election has been duly uploaded on the Commission’s website and other social media platforms, pleading that political parties should abide by Section 87 of the Electoral Act relating to the nomination processes.
He added that, “The Commission wishes to reiterate that since work on the expansion of voter access to Polling Units in the country is ongoing, the bye-election will hold in the existing Polling Units and Voting Points across the Constituency covering Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
“The Commission enjoins all political parties to strictly adhere to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities and avoid rancorous primaries and violence during the campaigns and throughout the electoral process.”