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INEC National Chairman Professor Yakubu (image courtesy INEC)

Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that it will on Monday, October 14, publish the register of voters in Kogi and Bayelsa for the November 16 governorship elections in the two states.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja.

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Concise News reports that Okoye said that the electoral body would also present the voter register to all the political parties sponsoring candidates for the polls in line with Section 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

According to him, the events, which would take place at the commission’s offices in Lokoja and Yenagoa, would be presided over by the Supervising National Commissioners and assisted by the Resident Electoral Commissioners of the respective states.

Deadline for registration of party agents 

The INEC commissioner also said that November 2 was the deadline for the submission of names of polling agents to the Electoral Officers, while November 14 remained the deadline for campaigns.

“We appeal to all the candidates to avoid comments capable of inciting violence and instilling fear in the electorate during their campaigns,” Okoye said.

This news medium understands that 45 political parties are contesting the election in Bayelsa, while 23 are running for the governorship seat in Kogi.