By Augustine Akhilomen
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shifted the 2019 governorship elections initially slated to hold on November 2nd in Kogi and Bayelsa State, to November 16.
INEC’s Head of Voters Education, Festus Okoye, confirmed this on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja.
“After a careful consideration of the appeals, the Commission at its regular weekly meeting held today, Thursday, 16th May decided to shift the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states to Saturday, 16th November 2019,” Okoye said in a statement on Thursday.
“The body postponed the date of the elections having received “several appeals from the government, state assembly, elders, religious leaders, traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders in Bayelsa State, that the election date coincides with the state’s annual Thanksgiving day which is backed by the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day Law 2012.”
“The timelines for all other activities leading to the election have also been adjusted to align with the new date.”