Political parties were on Thursday, October 4, warned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Sunday, October 7, deadline to conduct primaries to pick candidates for the 2019 elections and resolution of disputes remains final.
According to The Nation, Solomon Soyebi, INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee said “the resolution was made at the end of the commission’s weekly meeting on Thursday in Abuja’’.
Soyebi said 89 of the 91 registered political parties that gave notice of their intentions to conduct primaries as required by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) had commenced and were at various stages of the process.
“INEC wishes to restate that the conduct of primaries and resolution of all disputes arising therefrom must be concluded on or before Oct. 7 as earlier published in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general elections.
“The last day for submission of lists of sponsored candidates (Form CFOO2) and personal particulars (Form CF001) remains Oct. 18 for Presidential and National Assembly and Nov. 2 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly,” he added.
Soyebi restated that the commission would only accept list of candidates submitted by the National Chairman and the National Secretary.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been notified by 63 registered political parties out of 91 for their plans to conduct primaries to elect candidates for the 2019 Presidential elections.
The parties have written the electoral body to send observers to witness the conduct of the primaries as required by the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended).
A source within INEC, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to make the details public, revealed this in Abuja, on Saturday, September 15.
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