….As Commission fixes Ondo guber primariy for July 2 -25
By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that fourteen (14) political parties met its deadline and submitted the list of their candidates that emerged from their primaries for the Edo State governorship election scheduled for September 19, this year.
The electoral body made the disclosure in statement yesterday after its meeting in Abuja.
In the statement signed by National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, INEC said that the provisional list of the candidates disaggregated on the basis of name, gender, age and qualification has been uploaded on its website and social media platforms.
The Commission explained that as required by law, the particulars of the nominated candidates will be published in the Edo State office of the Commission and simultaneously uploaded on its website on Thursday July 2, 2020.
The Commission equally reminded political parties interested in nominating candidates for the Ondo Governorship election that the conduct of party primaries will commence on July 2 and end on July 25, 2020.
It stressed that the last date for the submission of the names of duly nominated candidates is July 28, 2020. The statement by Okoye reads, “In accordance with the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the Commission on February 6, 2020, 15 political parties signified their intention to conduct primaries for the nomination of their candidates for the Edo Governorship election.
“The conduct of the primaries by Political Parties ended on June 27, 2020.
“At the close of nominations at 6pm on June 29, 2020, 14 political parties used the dedicated online portal of the Commission to submit the list of candidates that emerged from their primaries.
“The provisional list of the candidates disaggregated on the basis of name, gender, age and qualification has been uploaded on our website and social media platforms.
“Furthermore, and as required by law, the particulars of the nominated candidates will be published in the Edo State office of the Commission and simultaneously uploaded on our website on Thursday July 2, 2020.
“We encourage members of the public to go through the nomination forms, affidavits and documents submitted by the parties on behalf of their candidates, as any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that any information in the affidavit or any document submitted by any candidate is false, may file a suit at the Federal High Court, High Court of a State or the FCT against such a candidate seeking a declaration that the information contained in the affidavit is false.
“The final list of duly nominated candidates will be published on August 13, 2020 after withdrawals by candidates and substitution by their Political Parties”, it said.
The Commission stated that it is encouraged by the seamless online nomination of candidates for the Edo Governorship election using its newly introduced dedicated portal.
The same procedure, INEC said, will apply to the Ondo Governorship, the Nasarawa Central State Constituency bye-election and all subsequent elections to be conducted by the Commission.
“Accordingly, Political Parties are encouraged to obtain their nomination access codes from the Commission for the bye-election and upload the list of their candidates and their particulars to the dedicated portal between July 3 and July 7, 2020.
“For the Ondo Governorship Election, the Commission’s dedicated portal for the submission of the names of candidates that emerge from valid party primaries will open on July 21 and close on July 28, 2020.
“Political parties are encouraged to submit the list of their candidates on time as the portal will automatically close at 6pm on the last date for the submission of nominations”, it stressed