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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hosts said that 13 political gatherings have flagged their aim to direct primaries for the forthcoming by-elections.

On October 31, fourteen legislative polls will be directed in ten states.

The conduct are for Bayelsa Central Senatorial District; Bayelsa West Senatorial District; Nganzai State Constituency, Borno; Bayo State Constituency, Borno; Cross River North Senatorial District; Obudu State Constituency, Cross River.

Others are Imo North Senatorial District; Lagos East Senatorial District; Kosofe II State Constituency, Lagos; Plateau South Senatorial District, Bakura State Constituency, Zamfara; Ibaji State Constituency, Kogi.

An announcement by Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner for Information, said the parties opted for indirect primaries.

“Some of the political parties did not specify the venues within the respective constituencies for the conduct of their primaries. Their attention is hereby drawn to the provisions of Section 87(4)(c) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

“The section makes it mandatory for any party that intends to nominate a candidate to the Senate, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly to hold its congresses in the respective senatorial district, federal constituency and the state assembly constituency.”

INEC affirmed that Speakers of Enugu and Katsina State Houses of Assembly have told it of the deaths of members representing Isi-Uzo constituency and Bakori constituency, separately.

With their seats proclaimed empty, the all out number of by-elections are currently 14.

“The commission has released a harmonised timetable and schedule of activities for two constituencies. The Notice of Election shall be published on August 26 and political parties shall conduct their party primaries between August 27 and September 8″, Okoye added.

The authority revealed that the orchestrated plan and timetable of exercises have been transferred on the commission’s site and web-based media stages.

On Tuesday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) reported boards to screen all applicants.