The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the Presidential and National Assembly supplementary elections will not hold tomorrow. The commission via a press release stated that only the governorship, state house of assembly, and previously suspended elections for Enugu East Senatorial District and Esan Central/Esan West/Igueben Federal Constituency in Edo State would be held tomorrow, Saturday 17th of March 2023.
INEC added that aside from the aforementioned elections, it was yet to fix a date for supplementary National Assembly elections in about 15 States. The commission stressed that both the Enugu East Senatorial District and Esan Central/Esan West/Igueben Federal Constituency elections are not supplementary but suspended elections. That of Enugu East was suspended because of the death of the candidate of the Labour Party in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act while that of the Esan Central/Esan West/Igueben was suspended because of parties missing logo.
The statement reads:
INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION
CONDUCT OF SUPPLEMENTARY ELECTIONS
The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to a news report that conveyed the impression that the Commission intends to conduct supplementary elections arising from the Presidential and National Assembly elections together with the Governorship and State Assembly elections that will take place on Saturday 18 March 2023. This is not correct.
The Commission has not scheduled the conduct of supplementary elections arising from the Presidential and National Assembly elections. For clarity, the supplementary elections will take place on a date to be announced by the Commission immediately after the Governorship and State Assembly elections.
However, this should not be confused with the two National Assembly elections earlier suspended by the Commission and rescheduled to hold along with the Governorship and State Assembly elections. First is the Enugu East Senatorial District election which was countermanded to allow the Labour Party to conduct a fresh primary election to replace its deceased candidate in line with the provision of Section 34(1) of the Electoral Act 2022. The second is the Esan Central/Esan West/Igueben Federal Constituency of Edo State following issues with the ballot paper for the election. These are not supplementary but main elections that could not be held earlier.
The public is advised to disregard any report alluding to the conduct of supplementary elections alongside the Governorship and State Assembly elections tomorrow Saturday 18th March 2023.