The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 14 for the bye-election in Babura/Garki Federal Constituency of Jigawa State.
INEC‘s national commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, disclosed this on Wednesday via a statement. This means four bye-elections will now hold on February 14.
The commission earlier last week announced the same date for by-elections in three constituencies in Kwara, Sokoto, and Niger states.
INEC said the bye-elections were a result of the deaths of the lawmakers holding the seats in the national and state assemblies.
It added that the polls will hold simultaneously.
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It will be recalled that on 6th February 2020, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fixed Saturday 14th March 2020 for the conduct of bye-elections in three constituencies following the deaths of some serving members of the National and State Assemblies. The Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives had declared a vacancy in Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger State; the Honourable Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly had declared a vacancy in Patigi State Constituency while the Speaker of the Sokoto State House of Assembly had also declared a vacancy in the Kebbe State Constituency.
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Subsequently, the National Assembly, through a letter dated 10th February 2020, informed the Commission of the death of Honourable Adamu Muhammadu Fagen Gawo, Member representing Babura/Garki Federal Constituency of Jigawa State, who died on 31st December 2019. Consequently, the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives has declared the seat for Babura/Garki Federal Constituency vacant.
The Commission has therefore fixed Saturday 14th March 2020 for the bye-election to be held simultaneously with the other bye-elections on the same date. The Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the Babura/Garki Federal Constituency has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and other social media platforms.
Festus Okoye Esq.
National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee.
12th February 2020.