Independent Electoral Commission
Independent Electoral Commission

Nigerians returned to the polls on Saturday to elect state governors and lawmakers in the second leg of the country’s 2019 general elections.

The polls took place exactly two weeks after presidential and national assembly elections.

The electorates are returning to the polls to vote for 1,082 candidates for the various positions and 991 members of the state houses of assembly. Six chairmen and 62 councilors for the area councils in the Nigerian capital of Abuja will also be elected.

The gubernatorial elections are being held in 29 out of the 36 states in the country. Elections in the seven other remaining states are conducted off-season.

Altogether, a total of 1,063 candidates are contesting for the available 29 governorship seats, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s electoral body.

More than 72 million Nigerians are expected to vote in the general elections in the country, Mahmood Yakubu, the electoral chief earlier told media.

INEC said it had effectively tackled the challenge of logistics as materials for the election have been earlier delivered to all states where elections are being conducted, including Abuja. Enditem

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