Plateau constituency bye-election holds August 3 —INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has scheduled the bye-election for Pengana State Constituency of Plateau State for August 3.

The decision followed the death of a member-elect, Ezekiel Bauda Alon, after he was declared winner of the March 2019 House of Assembly election in his constituency.

A statement issued by INEC National Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye entitled, “Timetable and schedule of activities for bye-election into Pengana State constituency of Plateau State”, said the decision was taken after a meeting of the commission in Abuja on Friday.

The commission enjoined all interested political parties and their candidates to cooperate and ensure a free and fair election.

The statement reads: “On June 24, the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon Abok Nuhu Ayuba notified the Independent National Commission through a letter dated June 20 2019, of the existence of a vacancy in the Plateau State House of Assembly following the demise of the member-elect from Pengana State constituency, the late Hon. Ezekiel Bauda Alon after he was declared winner of the March 9 2019 House of Assembly elections in the constituency.

“Consequently, the commission met today (Friday) July 5, 2019, and approved the conduct of bye-election to the said constituency which will take place on August 3 2019.

“Political parties shall conduct their primaries on or before July 10 and submit the list of nominated candidates on or before July 12. Campaigns will end on August 1 while the election will take place on August 3.

“All interested political parties and their candidates are hereby enjoined to cooperate with the commission to ensure a free and fair election.”

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