About 151 candidates will contest the bye-elections in 11 states, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement issued after its meeting held in Abuja on Friday, said all the 15 pending bye-elections would be conducted on Saturday, December 5, 2020.
A breakdown of the candidates in the forthcoming bye-elections showed that 11 candidates will contest the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, while 13 candidates will vie for the Bayelsa West Senatorial District.
Nganzai and Bayo constituencies in Borno State ( 14); Dass State Constituency in Bauchi (10); Cross River North Senatorial District (9); Obudu Constituency in Cross River (6);and Isu-Uzo State Constituency in Enugu (9).
Others are Imo North Senatorial District (14); Bakori State Constituency in Katsina State (13); Ibaji State Constituency in Kogi State (8); Lagos East Senatorial District (12); Kosofe II Constituency in Lagos State (8); Plateau South Senatorial District (10) and Bakura State Constituency in Zamfara State (14).
The commission appealed for the cooperation of voters and stakeholders in the states with pending bye-elections in its efforts to deliver credible elections under a safe environment.
The bye-elections in the federal and state legislative houses were due to the resignation or death of members in eight states.
INEC had scheduled the bye-elections for October 31, but postponed them on over the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests across the country.