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INEC shifts Enugu East senatorial poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shifted the conduct of Saturday’s senatorial election in Enugu East Senatorial District of Enugu State to March 11.…

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shifted the conduct of Saturday’s senatorial election in Enugu East Senatorial District of Enugu State to March 11.

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this yesterday in Abuja, at the regular briefing at the national collation centre situated at the International Conference Centre (ICC) on the preparations for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The development follows the death of the Labour Party (LP) senatorial candidate for the senatorial district, Oyibo Chukwu.

According to him, the re-scheduled election will now hold alongside the governorship and state assembly elections on March 11.

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The INEC boss said the commission’s decision followed the notice and request from the LP as a result of the death of its candidate in the election.

“The party conveyed its intention to participate in the election for that constituency by replacing its deceased candidate. This request is in line with the provision of the law, section 34, sub-section 1 of the electoral act 2022.

“The LP has provided satisfactory evidence of the death of its candidate. Consequently, the commission has suspended the election in the senatorial district as provided by law. We have already communicated this decision to our Enugu State office,” he said.

He also said that campaign for the election could continue in the senatorial district until 24 hours to the new elections date.

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