The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has suspended the senatorial election in Enugu East Senatorial District.
Speaking at a media briefing on Friday in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu said the election, which was slated for Saturday, February 25, 2023, has been moved to March 11, 2023.
The INEC boss noted that the postponement became necessary following the murder of the Labour Party (LP)’s senatorial candidate for the district, Oyibo Chukwu.
According to him, the Labour Party reached out to the electoral body to convey its intention to get a replacement and proceed to the poll at a later date.
He said, “The party also conveyed its intention to participate in the election for that constituency by replacing its deceased candidate. This request is in line with the provision of the law – Section 34, Sub-Section 1 of the Electoral Act 2022.”
“The Labour Party has provided satisfactory evidence of the death of its candidate. Consequently, the commission has suspended the election in the Senatorial district as provided by law.
“We have already communicated this decision to our Enugu State office.
“Therefore, there will be no senatorial election in Enugu East Senatorial District made up of six local government areas, 77 wards and 1,630 polling units tomorrow, February 25, 2023“The election will now be combined with the governorship and state assemblies elections holding in the next two weeks, on 11th of March 2023.”