Amina Zakari, the newly appointed boss of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, would be facing her first major task as Kogi and Bayelsa States hold governorship elections in November and December 2015.
The commission released dates for the elections in a statement released to the media in Abuja on Friday, July 10, 2015.
According to the statement issued by INEC’s Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Dr. Chris Iyimoga, the governorship election will hold in Kogi State on November 21, 2015 while the exercise would hold in Bayelsa State on December 5, 2015.
Iyimoda added that primaries for the elections will hold on or before August 23, 2015 in Kogi State and September 5, 2015 in Bayelsa State in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2014 (as amended).
The commission added that campaigns by political parties shall commence on July 24, 2015 and end on November 29, 2015 in Kogi while that of Bayelsa will be from September 6 to December 4, 2015.
Governorship elections did not hold in the affected states during the last April 11 governorship election because the tenure of the two governors have yet to end.
Interestingly, Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State and Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State are gunning for a second term in office.