- Ahead of the July 16, 2022 governorship election in Osun state, INEC has published the final list of candidates participating in the poll
- The electoral body in a statement on Tuesday, April 12, urged political parties to make a notification in writing if the names of its candidates are missing from the list
- According to INEC, failure to notify the commission regarding the missing names shall not be ground to invalidate the election
In a statement released by INEC's spokesman Festus Okoye, the electoral body recalled that it on Friday, March 25, published the personal particulars and list of candidates for the Osun state governorship election in its state and local government offices as required by law.
Okoye said the publication of the final list of the candidates is in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022.
The commission reminded political parties that under Section 32(2) of the Electoral Act 2022, any party that observes that the name of its candidate is missing from the list "shall notify the Commission in writing, signed by its National Chairman and Secretary, supported with an affidavit not later than 90 days to the election".
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It also notified the political parties that in line with Section 32(3) of the Electoral Act 2022, failure to notify the commission "shall not be ground to invalidate the election".
Legit.ng gathers that the final list is published in INEC's state and local government offices in Osun state as well as its official website and social media platforms.
Osun 2022: INEC bullying us, showcasing its bias, ADC chairman fumes after party's de-registration
In another report, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) has accused INEC of threatening and bullying it by de-registering the party four months to the July 16, Osun governorship election.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, March 25, the national chairman of the ADC, Raphael Nwosu said the electoral body erred by de-registering the party due to the age of the running mate to the 2022 Osun governorship candidate.
Nwosu said it is wrong for INEC to have de-registered the ADC because it presented a 33-year-old as deputy governorship candidate. INEC had earlier published a list of parties that failed to meet up with its guidelines conduct of primary elections and nomination of candidates ahead of the governorship election in Osun state.