The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 6, 2020 for the conduct of the Anambra State governorship election.
This was disclosed by the commission’s Chairman of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Okoye revealed that the date was fixed after a meeting by the commission to deliberate on the activities for the conduct of the poll.
He stated that the tenure of Governor Willie Obiano would expire by March 17, 2022, adding that a statutory notice on the timetable and schedule of electoral activities would be issued on June 9.
The statement partly read, “By virtue of Section (178)(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Section 25(7) and (8) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), election into the office of the State Governor shall hold not earlier than 150 and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office.
“Constitutionally and statutorily, the tenure of the Governor of Anambra State will expire on 17th of March 2022 and the earliest date for the election into the office of Governor, Anambra State, shall be 18th October 2021 and the latest date for the election shall be 15th February 2022.
“In the exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Constitution, the Electoral Act and all other powers enabling it in that regard, the Commission has fixed 6th November 2021 as the date for the conduct of the Anambra State Governorship election.”
The statement also revealed that the collection of forms would commence on June 10, while July 1 is the deadline for the conduct of primaries and resolution of conflicts arising from the exercise.