Politics INEC Speaks On Senator Adeleke's Replacement



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Nigeria's Electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is yet to be formally informed of Senator Isiaka Adeleke’s death.

The senator representing Osun West senatorial district at the National Assembly died on Sunday in Osogbo, capital of Osun state.

While addressing newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday, INEC’s administrative secretary for the state, Mr Emmanuel Ademusire said the commission could not declare the seat of the deceased senator vacant because it was yet to be formally notified.

Ideally, INEC would need to declare the seat vacant before organising a by-election to fill the seat following Adeleke’s death.

Ademusire stated that it was the duty of the late senator’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to formally inform the National Assembly of Adeleke’s death following which the leadership of the assembly would write to INEC.

The INEC official said the commission would thereafter have a maximum of three months to conduct an election for the Osun West Senatorial seat after the National Assembly would have notified it.

Ademusire said: “We already have the total number of registered voters that was used for the 8th Assembly election and this will be used for the election to replace late Senator Adeleke. This means that those who are just participating in the continuous voter registration would not be able to vote during the election.”

Vanguard reports that the INEC official also warned Nigerians to desist from multiple registration, saying that anyone caught would be handed to security agencies for prosecution.


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