Despite some ongoing wailings and comments surrounding the result of the recently-concluded Presidential elections, INEC has come out to say that it is ready for a seamless Governorship and House of Assemblies elections, scheduled to hold on March 9.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at the Commission’s meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners on today, said that the governorship election would take place in 29 states.
“As you are aware in seven states, the governorship elections are staggered and conducted off season. We have since concluded these elections.
“There will be governorship election in 29 states and in all the states of the federation there will be state assembly elections and in the Federal Capital Territory where the area council election coincides with the general elections.
“We are also conducting elections in 68 constituencies and for six council chairmen and 52 councillors.
“So, we thought that since the RECs were here with the State Collation Officers for the presidential election, it is important for us to meet and review the experiences of the last elections with a view to strengthening our processes towards a successful conduct of the state elections on Saturday March 9.
“We have gone very far with the arrangements for the elections. Election will hold on March 9, with the election of governors for states as well as members of the state assemblies.
“To ensure the purpose of this meeting is in keeping with the tradition of the commission, once you conduct a national election, you take stock and review, so that processes and procedures are strengthened by learning from the experience of previous elections before going into state elections.’’