The Independent National Electoral Commission has shifted the 2019 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States to November 16. The polls were earlier scheduled to hold November 2.
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said the commission reached the decision following appeals by the Bayelsa state government and stakeholders for a shift as the earlier date (November 2) is legally set aside as Thanksgiving Day in Bayelsa.
“The commission has received several appeals from the Government, State Assembly, elders, religious leaders, traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders in Bayelsa State, that the election coincides with the State’s Annual Thanksgiving Day which is backed by the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day Law 2012.
“After a careful deliberation of the appeals, the Commission at its regular weekly meeting held today, Thursday 16th May, decided to shift the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States to Saturday, 16th November, 2019,” Okoye explained.