The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has scheduled Tuesday 21th March 2023 for the conclusion of some rescheduled governoship and state assembly election in some local government area in Benue state.
This message was announced on Monday 20th March 2023 by the INEC National Commissioner And Chairman Voter Education Committee Barrister Festus Okoye on Monday.
Recall that election was suspended in Kwande local government area of Benue State due electoral material mix up.
According to him, the reason for the earlier decision to suspend the election is due to an inadvertent mix up of some of the sensitive materials for the two State Assembly constituencies in the area i.e. Kwande East and Kwande West.
He further stated that when the mix up was spotted, the voters and stakeholders agreed that the elections should be rescheduled and a later date be set for the election.
The Statement Reads
CONDUCT OF GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN KWANDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BENUE STATE
The public may recall that the Governorship and State Assembly elections in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State scheduled for Saturday 18th March 2023 had to be suspended.
This decision followed an inadvertent mix up of some of the sensitive materials for the two State Assembly constituencies in the area i.e. Kwande East and Kwande West. For this reason, voters and stakeholders agreed that the elections should be rescheduled. Consequently, the Commission issued a statement that a new date will be announced for the elections.
After further consultation with stakeholders, our Resident Electoral Commissioner in Benue State, Professor Sam Egwu, has advised that the State office is ready to proceed with the rescheduled elections.
Accordingly, the Commission approved that the elections shall hold tomorrow Tuesday 21st March 2023.
The Commission appeals to voters in Kwande Local Government Area to troop out en masse and vote for the candidate of their choice. Similarly, we call on parties and candidates to conduct themselves peacefully.
Barr. Festus Okoye National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee Monday 20th March 2023.
Meanwhile, Rev Father Dr Hyacinth Iormem Allia the governoship candidate of All Progressive Congress APC in Benue State has been declared winner of the election conducted on Saturday 18th March 2023.