JUST IN: INEC declares federal lawmaker’s seat vacant five days after his death

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, May 15, declared vacant the Garki/Babura Federal Constituency of Jigawa state vacated by Hon Isa Dogonyaro who died on Friday in Abuja after a brief illness.

He also announced existing vacancies in three state constituencies across the country occasioned by the death or resignation of the members.

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

Speaking at a quarterly consultative meeting with the media executive, Prof. Yakubu said as soon as preparations are concluded, the commission will announce the dates for bye-elections in the affected constituencies.

He disclosed that the February 3 rerun elections in Enugu and Kano states were disrupted by violence and thuggery, leading to the suspension of the election by the commission.

He appealed to the media to assist the commission in mobilising Nigerians, especially residents of Edo and Ondo states participate in the continuous Voter registration exercise in the two states ahead of the off-cycle governorship elections in both states.

He also asked media organisations to submit applications for accreditation to report on the election in earnest along with the required documentation for individual journalists and support staff.

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