Governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States will hold before the end of 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said.
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this during the quarterly meeting of the commission with the media in Abuja, Monday.
Yakubu, who explained that the commission had not released the timetable for 2019 general elections, said what it released were principles of how 2019 elections would be conducted.
He said: “Believe it or not, the Bayelsa and Kogi elections are coming up at the end of 2019. We are going to have 1,560 constituencies to conduct elections on.
“INEC has not released the timetable for the elections. The electoral commission requires time to plan, the media also requires time to plan. We reckon that 2019 is going to be a year full of elections for the commission. We are going to have the general election.
“With our economy in recession, we also need to get our budget properly sorted out so that we can approach the executive and National Assembly for appropriation. We are going to submit a proposal to the National Assembly.
“In the last general elections, INEC recruited over 700,000 adhoc staff. The requirements for recruiting, training them and providing logistics for forwarding election materials are so enormous and so we have to plan early to sort out these logistics.”
The INEC chairman also said the commission has conducted 167 elections in one year.