- INEC said some political parties participating in the forthcoming guber elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states submitted underage governorship and deputy-governorship candidates
- The commission said it would notify the concerned parties soon and subsequently consider further action
- According to the Not Too Young to Run act, candidates standing for governorship elections are expected to have attained the age of 35 to be eligible
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says some political parties submitted underage governorship and deputy-governorship candidates for the positions for the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
INEC national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, made this known on Thursday, September 12, in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.
Okoye said that the commission will notify the concerned parties soon and subsequently consider further action.
He further stated that in accordance with the Electoral Act and in line with the timetable and schedule of activities for the Bayelsa and Kogi states governorship elections, INEC will on Friday, September 13, publish the personal particulars of nominated candidates for the elections.
Okoye added that the personal particulars of the nominees will be published on the notice boards of INEC offices in Yenagoa and Lokoja.
“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 9th September 2019.
“While some of the political parties that conducted the primaries did not submit any list and personal particulars of candidates, a few failed to submit within the time limit prescribed by the commission.
“Out of the 101 nominees for the two states, 91 are males, representing 90%, while 10 are females, representing 10% of all the nominees. Of the 52 nominees for Bayelsa state, 6 are females, while 46 are males. The corresponding figures for Kogi state are 4 female and 45 male nominees,” Okoye said.
According to the Not Too Young to Run Act, candidates standing for governorship elections are expected to have attained the age of 35 to be eligible.
INEC had on Wednesday, September 11, confirmed that it monitored governorship primary elections conducted by 59 political parties in Kogi and 64 in Bayelsa.
The documents made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) indicated the names of political parties, date of the primaries, the mode of primaries adopted, winners, gender and remarks, names of aspirants and votes scored.
The documents also revealed that in Kogi, INEC monitored the primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) which produced Yahaya Bello as well as Musa Wada as winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary in the state.
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