The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has fixed June 19 for bye-elections to fill the vacant Gwaram Federal Constituency in Jigawa State at the House of Representatives and the Sabon Gari State Constituency seat in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
The INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, made this known in separate statements issued on Friday.
In the statement titled ‘Conduct of Bye-Election in Gwaram Federal Constituency of Jigawa State’, INEC said it had received a communication from the National Assembly in which the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, declared a vacancy for Gwaram Federal Constituency of Jigawa State, following the death of a member, Yuguda Hassan Kila, who died on March 4, 2021.
He said that INEC has consequently fixed Saturday, 19th June, 2021 for the conduct of bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the said constituency in the House of Representatives.
Okoye noted that the official notification for the election will be published on 17th May 2021.
In the other statement titled ‘Conduct of Bye-Election in Sabon Gari State Constituency of Kaduna State’, INEC said it had also received a communication from the Kaduna State House of Assembly which declared the seat of the member representing Sabon Gari State Constituency, Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, vacant.
The commission quoted the state Assembly as saying that the vacancy occurred “as a result of the honourable member’s absence without just cause from one-third of the meetings of the Assembly for one year, in contravention of Section 109 (1)[f] and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”
INEC according to the National Commissioner has fixed the bye-election also to June 19, while other processes have the same dates with the Taraba bye-election.