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Nigeria: INEC Still Awaits Formal Notification of Vacancies in NASS

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The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria says it was awaiting formal communication on the existing vacancies in the national assembly.

INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu who stated this at a parley with journalists in Lagos said the commission has 5 bye elections to fill existing vacancies but cannot do so until the presiding officers declare such seats vacant.

The law he said compelled INEC to conduct bye elections within stipulated time adding when a returning officer declares a candidate winner of an election only the courts can reverse it.

Professor Yakubu also disclosed that the commission had slightly redesigned its voter register to take care of incidences where the smart card reader could not read the fingerprints of the owner.

He said despite the security situation, the commission had high number of registered voters in some states with security challenges including Borno and Benue.

The Chairman stated that it was easier to register people in IDP camps than to register people who go individually to various registration units.

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