INEC will hold the supplementary elections on March 9, the same day as the earlier scheduled governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.
Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner for information and voter education, said the supplementary polls will be conducted in areas where the poll was cancelled last Saturday, alongside the governorship and state houses of assembly elections.
He said the decision was reached during the commission’s meeting with resident electoral commissioners (RECs) on Thursday in Abuja.
INEC had cancelled the presidential elections in some areas as a result of violence in River state as well as other parts of Lagos and Anambra states.
It is not yet clear what if the supplementary elections will affect the results of the election already announced.
It is, however, unlikely the number of registered voters in areas where the supplementary presidential elections will be conducted is up to the margin with which President Muhammadu Buhari used to defeat Atiku Abubakar.
Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got 15,191,847 votes while Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 11,262,978 votes.
TheCable reached out to Okoye and Rotimi Oyekanmi, INEC spokesman, to comment on this but they were yet to respond to inquiries made when this report was filed.