The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed January 9, next year for the supplementary election of the Southern Ijaw Local Council cancelled by the body recently, reports The Guardian.
The tentative date being canvassed by top officials and stakeholders seems to be widely acceptable to all the principal actors in the election saga, sources claim.
Part of the reasons they say, is because of the yuletide period, which would see a lot of people traveling back to their hometowns and wouldn’t want to be inconvenienced by the election. Also, the commission wants to consult with the various stake holders and needs time to prepare for the make or mar re-run, another source claims.
According to reports, the electoral boss, alongside his top lieutenants yesterday, met with security chiefs in the area including the Commissioner of Police, Mr.Sanusi Oki, his Army counterpart, Major General Alali Okunola and those of the Naval, Air Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps.
The security situation during the recent election was discussed at the meeting, while plans were laid out to prevent a recurrence of the lapses recorded in the last poll.
The INEC boss will meet with all the parties that participated in the last election, together with all the candidates on Thursday and the media and civil societies groups on Friday in Abuja, during which INEC is expected to announce the date for the bye-election.
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