Despite provisions in the 1999 constitution, the Ibadan SE 2 constituency seat in the Oyo State Assembly remains vacant after 119 days.
The seat became vacant following the death on July 12 of Olusegun Popoola, who represented the constituency on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform.
The late Popoola was given a PDP ticket for a second term ahead of his death and subsequent burial on July 27.
To fill vacancies, and in accordance with the guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), some political parties have undertaken procedures to select candidates for prospective by-elections.
Candidates for by-elections from various parties to INEC include Omikunle Olayinka of PDP; Adegoke Wareed, All Progressive Congress; Folorunso Tolulope, Accord Party.
when. . .when Tribune Online Talked to some party representatives on Monday, they said they had submitted the names of by-election candidates but were still waiting for the INEC election date.
Article 116(1 and 2) of the 1999 Constitution states: “(1) Elections to the House of Representatives shall be held on the days appointed by the National Independent Electoral Commission.
“(2) The date mentioned in subsection (1) of this section shall not be earlier than 60 days before the date of the dissolution of the House of Representatives and not later than that date, or the date of election to fill a vacancy more than three months before that date, and not later than after the vacancy occurs. a month.”
and Tribune Online In terms of developments, a senior INEC staff member said the committee had yet to make a clear statement on how the vacant positions would be filled.
However, staff said the options before the committee were to disclose only the date of the rest of the Ibadan SE 2 constituency, to be done on the same day as the other pending rest, or to leave the post vacant until the next general election.
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