By; VICTOR DAZANG, Kaduna
In its bid to maximise resource utilisation, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the conduct of a State Constituency bye-election in Idemili North.
This is to be run concurrently with the gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18, 2017.
In a Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the Idemili North State constituency bye- election released by INEC, the commission indicated that political parties wishing to field candidates for the exercise are required to conclude their primaries latest by October 31, while campaigns close on November 16, 2017.
The commission had earlier explained that where two elections are conducted at a time, additional ballot boxes would be added in the affected constituency to accommodate the ballots for the additional election.
In the case of Idemili North, voters in the constituency would experience two elections hence two ballot boxes; one for the governorship election, another one for the State Assembly election.
INEC had earlier stated that the additional reason for the simultaneous election is to ensure timely representation of the constituency in the State House of Assembly.
The results for the two elections would be declared at respective constituency levels.