The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled the governorship election in Edo State for September 21 and the election in Ondo State for November 16.
Sam Olumekun, the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, made this announcement in a statement in Abuja.
He clarified that the terms of the Governors of Edo and Ondo States will conclude on November 11, 2024, and February 23, 2025, respectively. According to Section 178 (2) of the Nigerian Constitution, elections for these offices must be held not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the current officeholder’s term expires.
The latest election date for the Governor of Edo State is October 12, 2024, and for Ondo State, it is January 24, 2025.
Additionally, Section 28(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, mandates INEC to publish a notice for the election no later than 360 days before the election date.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by the Constitution and the Electoral Act, the Commission issues the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the Edo and Ondo State Governorship elections as follows:
“The Governorship election will hold on Saturday 21st September 2024.
“Party primaries will hold from 1st – 24th February 2024 while the submission of the list of nominated candidates via the online portal will start at 9.00 am on 4th March 2024 and close at 6.00pm on 24th March 2024.
“The final list of candidates will be published on 23rd April 2024 while campaign in public by political parties commences on 24th April 2024 and ends 24 hours prior to election day on 19th September 2024.
“The Governorship election will hold on Saturday 16th November 2024.
“Party primaries will hold from 6th – 27th April 2024 while the submission of the list of nominated candidates via the online portal will start at 9.00am on 29th April 2024 and close at 6.00pm on 20th May 2024.
“The final list of candidates will be published on 18th June 2024 while campaign in public by political parties commences on 19th June 2024 and ends 24 hours prior to election day on 14th November 2024.
“The detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections have been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms.
“By this ample notice as required by both the Constitution and the Electoral Act, the Commission appeals to political parties and candidates to note the activities in the Timetable for strict compliance”, he added.
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