Edo 2024: 72 hours to deadline, 8 parties yet to nominate candidates - INEC - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, March 21, 2024

Edo 2024: 72 hours to deadline, 8 parties yet to nominate candidates - INEC

Barely three days to the March 24 deadline for the submission of candidates for the September 21 Governorship Election in Edo state, eight of the 18 political parties seeking participation in the exercise are yet to file their nominations on the special portal of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this in Abuja at the first quarterly consultative meeting with media organizations.

Yakubu restated the position of the commission in adhering strictly to the electoral timelines, saying there would be no extension of time for parties who miss the deadline.

He said; "For Edo State, 18 political parties conducted their primaries monitored by the commission.

"Going by the provision of the timetable for the election, political parties have 20 days from 4th March 2024 to upload the list and personal particulars of their candidates to our dedicated web portal. 

"As at Thursday morning, 10 parties have done so. We expect the other parties to comply before the deadline of 6pm on Sunday 24th March 2024, when the portal automatically shuts down.

"A week later on 31st March 2024, the Commission will publish the personal particulars of the candidates (Form EC9) as required by law. I urge the media and the general public, particularly registered voters in Edo State, to scrutinise the bio-data and credentials of the candidates which is the essence of the publication as provided by law".

With regards to Ondo State, Yakubu said political parties will commence their primaries for the Governorship election in the next two weeks.

He said at the moment, 17 out of 19 Parties have indicated interest in participating in the election, and urged media organizations to engage with Political Parties as well as their aspirants and report on the primaries with the same diligence and depth they report on the main election conducted by INEC. 

"Doing so will go a long way to strengthen our democracy since only the products of the party primaries are ultimately placed on the ballot paper for citizens to vote for in the main election. Party primaries are as important as the main election conducted by INEC.

"A very important reality in today’s age of information technology is the spread of fake news and misinformation instantly and on a global scale. As I said on many occasions, INEC does not believe in censorship. The best antidote to fake news is greater openness and transparency. It is in furtherance of this policy that the Commission interfaces regularly with stakeholders through our regular consultative meetings. We appreciate our partnership with the media and I want to reassure you that INEC will continue to work closely with you. We welcome your reports, commentaries and analyses on elections in particular and electoral activities in general.

"More specifically, some of the innovations introduced by the Commission to improve service delivery to the electorate, ensure the safety and security of journalists and grant them unimpeded access to various locations during elections and electoral activities draw from your reports as well as the suggestions and recommendations made during our quarterly meetings. I urge you to continue to be a bulwark against fake news and misleading narratives about the Commission and its activities", he added.

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