INEC declares Rivers,Kaduna, Jigawa lawmakers seats vacant

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced vacancies in four constituencies Wednesday due to lawmakers deaths or resignations.

The vacancies include Jigawa State’s Garki/Babura Federal Constituency, which was left vacant by Isa Dogonyaro’s death in Abuja on Friday due to sickness, as well as three additional state constituencies.

The state constituencies are: Khana 2 State Constituency of Rivers State, the Bagwai/Shanono State Constituency of Kano State, and the Zaria Kewaye State Constituency of Kaduna State.

Addressing a quarterly consultative meeting with Media Executive, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission would announce the dates for by-elections into the affected constituencies as soon as necessary modalities were completed.

Yakubu also said the commission was remobilising to conclude the outstanding rerun elections in Enugu South 1 State Constituency of Enugu State and Ghari (formerly called Kunchi Local Government Area) for the Ghari/Tsanyawa State Constituency of Kano State.

The INEC chairman explained that the February 3 rerun elections in Enugu and Kano states were disrupted by violence and thuggery, forcing the commission to suspend the election.

He urged the media to assist the commission in mobilising Nigerians, especially residents of Edo and Ondo states, to participate in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of the off-cycle governorship elections in both state.

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