By Akombo Aondona, in Makurdi
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the Governorship and state house of assembly elections for kwande local government area of Benue state to Tuesday, 21 March 2023.
In a statement on Monday 20 March 2023 by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voters Education Committee, Barr Festus Okoye, said this followed the mix up of ballot papers for the earlier schedule date of 18 March 2023.
Okoye wrote: “The public may recall that the Governorship and State Assembly elections in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State scheduled for Saturday 18th March 2023 had to be suspended.
“This decision followed an inadvertent mix up of some of the sensitive materials for the two State Assembly constituencies in the area i.e. Kwande East and Kwande West. For this reason, voters and stakeholders agreed that the elections should be rescheduled. Consequently, the Commission issued a statement that a new date will be announced for the elections.
“After further consultation with stakeholders, our Resident Electoral Commissioner in Benue State, Professor Sam Egwu, has advised that the State office is ready to proceed with the rescheduled elections.
“Accordingly, the Commission approved that the elections shall hold tomorrow Tuesday 21st March 2023.
“The Commission appeals to voters in Kwande Local Government Area to troop out en masse and vote for the candidate of their choice. Similarly, we call on parties and candidates to conduct themselves peacefully.”