- An extension of the deadline for primaries across political parties in Nigeria will make for full participation
- This was the view of a great number of political platforms in the country on the morning of Tuesday, May 10
- The parties have, therefore, called on INEC to extend the deadline by two months, which, if done, will alter the 2023 elections timetable
Political parties across Nigeria on Tuesday, May 10, have appealed to the National Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to change the timetable for the 2023 elections.
The parties said the alteration will allow for a fuller and even participation, The Nation has gathered.
Specifically, they want the deadline for the conduct of party primaries to be extended by at least two months.
Disqualification looms over parties as INEC gives final say on extension of deadline for primaries
Concerning the plea for the extension of deadlines for primaries across political parties, INEC had maintained its previous position, stressing that the Friday, June 3, stipulated date remains “firm and fixed”.
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In its statement, the national electoral body said all parties have not more than one more from Thursday, May 5.
INEC's chairman, information, and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, said nominations for presidential and national assembly elections should be submitted between June 10 and 17.
Okoye added that those of governorship and state houses of assembly will span from July 1 to July 15.
Vanguard said that the registered political parties, 18 of them, came under the aegis of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC).
INEC chairman to join presidential race? Commission clears air
The chairman of INEC, Prof Yakubu Mahmood, had no plans of joining the 2023 presidential race.
This was disclosed by the electoral commission in a statement shared on its official Twitter handle on Sunday, May 8.
Reacting to comments and insinuations in some quarters that Mahmood may just surprise Nigerians by picking the presidential nomination forms, the commission declared that “It will not happen”. It added that it is a preposterous proposition.
The statement partly read:
"The chairman remains an umpire committed to free, fair and credible elections. His constitutional responsibilities as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Federation and Returning Officer for the presidential election are onerous enough for him to even contemplate straying into extraneous matters at variance with the law, morality and his personal principles."