- INEC has made a statement ahead of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states
- The electoral body is conducting election in the two states on Saturday, November 16
- Some political parties have been accused by INEC of fielding underage candidates for some positions
- The commission noted that 49 submitted a list of candidates in Kogi while 52 dis so for Bayelsa
Less than three months to the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that some political parties are fielding underage candidates for the election.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the electoral umpire noted that certain political parties presented candidates whose age fall below what the Nigerian constitution prescribed for the office.
Legit.ng gathered that Festus Okoye, the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee of the commission, made the revelation while unveiling the list of candidates submitted to the commission for the forthcoming elections.
Although Okoye did not name the affected parties, he maintained that such candidates would be axed, adding that the affected parties would be notified while the commission considers further action.
He said: “The publication of the personal particulars of nominees is for members of the public to make any claims and objections regarding these candidates, as required by law. Similarly, the commission has observed from a preliminary review of the list and personal particulars submitted by the political parties that some of the governorship and deputy-governorship candidates are below the minimum age prescribed by the constitution for these positions. The commission will notify the concerned parties soon and subsequently consider further action.”
Okoye also noted that 52 political parties submitted a list of candidates for Bayelsa while 49 submitted in Kogi, stressing that some people failed to submit within the time limit prescribed by the commission.
“From our records, 64 political parties conducted primaries in Bayelsa state as against 59 in Kogi state. Out of these, 52 political parties for Bayelsa state and 49 for Kogi state respectively submitted the list of candidates and their personal particulars at the close of nomination at 6pm on Monday, September 9.
“As we continue to prepare for the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections scheduled for Saturday, November 16, the commission once more reminds the political parties of the timelines in the timetable and schedule of activities and requests strict compliance with them. We look forward to working with the parties and all stakeholders to make the forthcoming elections in the two States free, fair and credible," he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the INEC on Wednesday, September 11, confirmed that it monitored governorship primary elections conducted by 59 political parties in Kogi and 64 in Bayelsa.
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