INEC sets Sept, Nov 2024 for Edo, Ondo guber elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set September 21 as the date for the governorship election in Edo State next year, and November 16 as the date for the governorship election in Ondo State.
Sam Olumekun, National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, made the announcement in Abuja on Tuesday.
He stated that the governors of Edo and Ondo states will leave office on November 11, 2024, and February 23, 2025, respectively.
According to Section 178 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), elections for the aforementioned offices must be held no earlier than 150 days and no later than 30 days before the expiration of the tenure of the previous holder.
According to him, the latest date for election to the office of governor, Edo State, is 12th October 2024, while that of Ondo State is 24th January 2025.
Similarly, Section 28(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022 requires the Commission to publish Notice for the Election not later than 360 days before the date of the election.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by the Constitution and the Electoral Act, the Commission issues the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the Edo and Ondo State Governorship elections as follows:
“The governorship election will be held on Saturday 21st September 2024.
“Party primaries will be held from 1st – 24th February 2024 while the submission of the list of nominated candidates via the online portal will start at 9 a.m. on 4th March 2024 and close at 6 p.m. on 24th March 2024.
“The final list of candidates will be published on 23rd April 2024, while the campaign in public by political parties commences on 24th April 2024 and ends 24 hours prior to election day on 19th September 2024.
“The governorship election will be held on Saturday 16th November 2024.
“Party primaries will be held from 6th – 27th April 2024 while the submission of the list of nominated candidates via the online portal will start at 9.00 am on 29th April 2024 and close at 6 p.m. on 20th May 2024.
“The final list of candidates will be published on 18th June 2024, while the campaign in public by political parties commences on 19th June 2024 and ends 24 hours prior to election day on 14th November 2024.
“The detailed timetable and schedule of activities for the two elections have been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms.
“By this ample notice as required by both the Constitution and the Electoral Act, the Commission appeals to political parties and candidates to note the activities in the timetable for strict compliance,” he added.