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The Independent National Electoral Commission will hold nine by-elections on February 3 in which 74 candidates are expected to compete.

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Following the passing of a few members of the national and state Houses of Assembly, by-elections were required.

Two senatorial districts in Yobe East and Ebonyi South would see by-elections.

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Four federal constituencies would also hold elections: Surulere I in Lagos State; Jalingo/Yorro/Zing in Taraba; Akoko North East/Akoko North West in Ondo State; and Shanga/Ngaski/Yauri in Kebbi.

Additionally, candidates would run for the state assembly seats that are up for grabs in Guma I, Benue; Chibok, Borno; and Chikun, Kaduna State.

Among the 74 applicants vying for the nine open spots, eight are women.

In the race for Chikun, Kaduna State’s lone open seat, three of the ten contenders are women.

There are currently seven contenders vying for seats in Borno, nine in Kebbi, eleven in Lagos State, and eight in each of the states of Ondo and Ebonyi.

Taraba has eleven candidates, while Yobe and Benue each have five. In all three states, there isn’t a single female contender.

On Wednesday, INEC released the final list of candidates for the impacted state offices along with their personal information.

According to Mr. Sam Olumekun, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, the list has also been made available in the impacted constituencies in accordance with the Electoral Act (2022).

“INEC urges Nigerians to carefully review the candidates’ personal information.

“Any contender who took part in their party’s primary election and has good reason to think that any candidate’s information is inaccurate may contest the nomination.

The candidate may freely file a lawsuit in a Federal High Court in the manner specified by

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