We’ll re­spond soon on 14 Edo As­sem­bly seats – INEC

The Punch - - TODAY - Fri­day Olokor, Abuja

THE In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Commission has said that it is still study­ing a let­ter from the Edo State House of As­sem­bly de­mand­ing that bye-elec­tions be con­ducted in the 14 con­stituen­cies that had been de­clared va­cant.

The INEC Director of Voter Ed­u­ca­tion and Pub­lic­ity, osaze olu­wole-uzzi, stated this in an in­ter­view with our correspond­ent, in Abuja, on Mon­day.

He also said the commission would, with nec­es­sary le­gal ad­vice, re­spond as soon as mem­bers of the state par­lia­ment re­sume from their cur­rent re­cess.

The Clerk of the Edo State House of As­sem­bly, Audu omog­bai, had on be­half of the Speaker, Frank Okiye, pe­ti­tioned the commission de­mand­ing that bye-elec­tions be con­ducted in line with a res­o­lu­tion of the House on the is­sue.

The PUNCH had re­ported that mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing owan East and oredo East con­stituen­cies were ac­cused of not at­tend­ing House ses­sions since June 18, 2019, while 12 other mem­bers were ac­cused of not show­ing cer­tifi­cates of re­turn from INEC.

The As­sem­bly also said the 12 mem­bers did not present them­selves for in­au­gu­ra­tion, even though the par­lia­ment had been per­form­ing leg­isla­tive func­tions since June 17, 2019.

The af­fected con­stituen­cies are: Ovia South West, Et­sako West Con­stituency I, Esan Cen­tral Con­stituency, Egor Con­stituency, owan West Con­stituency, and oredo West Con­stituency.

Oth­ers are Et­sako West

Con­stituency II, Et­sako Cen­tral Con­stituency, Uhun­m­wode Con­stituency, ovia North East Con­stituency I and ovia North East Con­stituency II.

olu­wole-uzzi told our correspond­ent that the commission “con­ducts by­e­elec­tions when­ever it is in­formed of va­can­cies by the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer in ei­ther cham­ber of the Na­tional As­sem­bly or any state House of As­sem­bly.”

He said, “The commission is study­ing the let­ter and will re­spond to it soon and make its po­si­tion known, when mem­bers are back and after get­ting le­gal ad­vice.

“INEC fre­quently con­ducts bye elec­tions when­ever it has been in­formed of va­can­cies by the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer in ei­ther cham­ber of the Na­tional As­sem­bly or any state House of As­sem­bly.”

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