BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE— THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed the by‑election for Ilaje/Ese‑Odo Federal Constituency for Saturday, April 5, this year.
Bye‑election in the Federal Constituency became imperative following the death of Hon. Raphael Nomiye and the receipt of official letter from the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on February 13, notifying the commission of the death of the member.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Akin Orebiyi, said in a statement in Akure that the decision was arrived at after consultations with stakeholders in the Federal Constituency.
Orebiyi explained that stakeholders finally agreed on the date at a meeting held at Igbokoda on Febuary 26.
He noted that two stakeholders’ meetings of members of political parties witnessed by security agencies had earlier been held in the federal constituencies.
Seven political parties representatives attended the meetings.
A timetable made available showed that March 8 is the last date for the conduct of primaries, including resolution of dispute arising from the primaries.
The commencement of campaign starts same date while March 11 and 18 are for collection of forms and for the submission of forms at INEC office in Abuja.
The commission has fixed March 25 for the publication of official register of voters for the election while March 26 is the last day for the withdrawal of candidates/replacement of withdrawal of candidates by parties.
Names of party agents are expected to be made on March 28.
Also March 28 is the last day for the submission of nomination forms, March 31 publication of nominated candidates, April 4 slated for the last day for campaigns by parties.