The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday announced dates for conducting the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.
Chairman of the commission Mahmood Yakubu at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners in the Nigerian capital, Abuja said the election in Ekiti will hold on June 18, 2022, while that of Osun will hold on July 16, 2022.
Yakubu says the elections are part of the remaining off-season end of tenure elections ahead of the 2023 General Election.
“In the sequence of off-season elections, the Ekiti and Osun State Governorship elections are holding next year. In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned, the Commission has approved that the Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on Saturday 18th June 2022 while the Osun State Governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday 16th July 2022,” the INEC boss said.
“The detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections have been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms. We implore political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and thereafter conduct peaceful electioneering campaigns.”
INEC also announced the creation of an additional 56, 872 polling units across the country.
Prof. Yakubu said Nigeria now has a total of 176, 846 Polling Units from the initial 119, 973 following the conversion of voting points and voting points settlement to full-fledged Polling Units.
He said INEC had also removed 749 Polling Units from inappropriate facilities, with nine of them from shrines and several others from religious houses, royal palaces and private property.
By Abel Ejikeme