The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that it would soon commence the prosecution of electoral offenders whose case files have already been prepared by the Nigerian Police. The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said this Tuesday in Abuja during a meeting with stakeholders from Bayelsa State.

He also acknowledged a proposal from the Bayelsa State Government for a shift of the November 2 governorship election. INEC had fixed November 2 later this year for the off-cycle governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states.

The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, represented by his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd), led the delegation. He pleaded for change of date, saying that the day clashes with its yearly thanksgiving service.

He said the programme, which has the backing of the law has been celebrated for the past seven years in the state.

Daily Trust.

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