The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled the governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa states to hold on November 21 and December 5th respectively.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga, the commission said formal notices of the election would be issued on August 23rd and September 5th in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
The statement said political parties that would field candidates for the Kogi governorship election would start campaigns by July 24 and end it on midnight on November 19, while that of Bayelsa State would commence on September 6 and end on December 3.
It said political parties were to note that the conduct of primaries for Kogi governorship should hold between August 25 and September 15, whereas that of Bayelsa was to hold between September 1st and 20th.
“The political parties and aspirants are to further note that the conduct of the party primaries to nominate candidates for election shall be between 25th August and 15th September 2015 for Kogi and 7th and 30th September, 2015 for Bayelsa State, while the last day for submission of the list of candidates (CF002) and the personal particulars of such candidates (CF001) for governorship and deputy governorship candidates, shall be 14th November, 2015 (Kogi) and 7th October, 2015 (Bayelsa)”, it said.
The electoral body warned parties and their candidates against conducting campaigns outside the stipulate time frame so not to run foul of the relevant laws.
Elections could not hold in both states during the last general elections because the tenure of the governors had not elapsed.