Following the ongoing # EndSARS nationwide protests, the Independent National Electoral has announced the indefinite postponement of the bye -elections in the six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies .
The commission said it would continue to monitor the situation and meet again in two weeks to decide on a feasible date for the elections .
The by – elections are to take place in Bayelsa Central Senatorial District , Bayelsa West Senatorial District , Nganzai and Bayo constituencies in Borno State , Cross River North Senatorial District and Obudu Constituency in Cross River .
Others are Imo North Senatorial District , Lagos East Senatorial District , Kosofe II Constituency in Lagos State , Plateau South Senatorial District , Bakura Constituency in Zamfara and Ibaji Constituency in Kogi.
The by – elections in the federal and state legislative houses were due to resignation or death of members in the eight states of the federation .
INEC National Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee , Festus Okoye , announced the postponement in a statement after a meeting held with 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners on Thursday in Abuja .
Okoye said , “ The commission has decided to postpone the bye – elections in the six Senatorial Districts and nine state constituencies. This decision is in compliance with Section 26 (2 ) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended ), which gives the commission the power to postpone an election if there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on that date , or that it is impossible to conduct the elections as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies .