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INEC fixes six by-elections for February 26

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday fixed February 26, 2022 for the conduct of by-elections for six constituencies in four states.

The commission also warned political parties against nominating unqualified candidates for the polls.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye announced this in a statement in Abuja.

The six pending by-elections are Akure North/Akure South Federal Constituency, Ondo State; Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency, Plateau State; Pankshin South State Constituency, Plateau State; Ogoja/and Yala Federal Constituency, Cross River State. Others are Akpabuyo State Constituency, Cross River State and Ngor-Okpala State Constituency, Imo State.

The elections would take place two weeks after the Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2022. Okoye said the decision to conduct the by-elections immediately after the FCT poll was to enable the Commission to clear most of the polls and focus on the Ekiti, Osun Governorship elections and ongoing preparations for the 2023 general election.

According to him, some of the vacancies arose as a result of the death of the previous occupants, substantial disruption of the electoral process and fulfillment of constitutional and legal requirements in the electoral process.

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