A day after a threat by the Nigerian Senate, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed a date for re-run elections in Rivers State.
The Senate on Wednesday threatened to stop sitting unless INEC conducted necessary elections in Rivers to fill vacant legislative seats by December 10.
In apparent reaction to the Senate threat, INEC on Thursday fixed December10 for the conduct of the outstanding National and State Assembly elections in Rivers.
A statement by the Secretary to the commission, Auguta Ogakwu, on Thursday in Abuja said the commission had also approved December 3 to conduct election for the vacant Ifako/Ijaiye seat of Lagos State in the House of Representatives.
The seat became vacant following the death of the member who represented the constituency in the House, Adewale Oluwatayo, in July.
On the same day, according to the statement, the commission will also conclude rescheduled councillorship polls in some area councils in the Federal Capital Territory.
“After months of intensive planning and wide consultations, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday approved the conduct of Lagos’ House of Representative election on Saturday, Dec 3, 2016.
“Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Councillorship election will also hold on Saturday, Dec 3, 2016.
“Rivers, National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) and State House of Assembly elections on Saturday, December 10, 2016,” the statement said.