The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has announced that the March 18 governorship elections will hold in 28 states.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the March 18 governorship elections will not be held in eight states of the federation.
Mahmood disclosed that the gubernatorial polls will be held in 28 states during the meeting of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security which was held at the INEC conference room, in Abuja, on Tuesday, March, 14.
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The INEC explained that the affected stated are held off-cycle and not during the general election.
The states are stated below
- Anambra state
- Bayelsa state
- Edo state
- Imo state
- Kogi state
- Ondo state
- Osun state
- Ekiti state
Mahmood said: “The Governorship elections will hold in 28 States of the Federation. As you are aware, Governorship elections in eight States (Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Ondo and Osun States) are held off-cycle and therefore not conducted during the General Election.
“However, elections will be conducted for all the 993 State constituencies nationwide.”
The embattled chairman added that the March 18 polls involve more constituencies than the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“Unlike the last elections involving 470 constituencies (1 Presidential, 109 Senatorial Districts and 360 House of Representatives seats), the State elections will involve 1,021 constituencies (28 Governorship and 993 State Assembly seats).”