Abuja - The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC), has approved 50 groups to observe the forthcoming Kogi and
Bayelsa States governorship elections.
The polls are scheduled for November 21 and December 5
The commission, in a letter signed by the Director of
Elections and Party Monitoring Department (EPM), Bala Shittu, disclosed 43 out
of the approved 50 organizations were domestic while the rest were foreign.
Shittu said the
approved groups were to obtain, complete and return relevant
documentation for the the two elections from the Department at the INEC
Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja.
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He added that the Commission also requested that the
photographs of members of staff to be deployed by approved groups in the two
states along with their names be submitted in hard and soft copies to the
Election and Party Monitoring Department latest by October 23.
“Late submission will not be entertained."
According to the Commission, the dates for distribution
of observer kits in the two states will be communicated in due course.
The polls are expected to be a tightly contested affair
between the All Progressives Congress and People's Democratic Party
- CAJ News