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VIDEO: INEC Meets with Political Parties

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called Political Parties to keep to their schedule of activities and avoid last minute rush that may undermine their ability to successfully nominate their candidates, ahead of Edo Gubernatorial Elections.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who made the call during its first quarterly Consultative Meeting with Political Parties in Abuja explained that there will be no extension of time beyond the deadline already published in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election, to enable the Commission publish the personal particulars of candidates (Form EC9) on 31st March 2024 as required by law.

UP SOUND Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Boss.

For the Ondo State Governorship Election, Yakubu disclosed that party primaries begin in the next two weeks on 6thApril 2024 and ends three weeks later on 27th April 2024. As according to him, 16 out of 19 political parties have so far indicated interest in participating in the election.

While urging political parties to adhere strictly to their proposed dates and modes of primaries, INEC Boss lamented frequent changes as witnessed recently during the Edo primaries are not only disruptive but costly, noting that the Commission cannot mobilise, demobilize and remobilise its officials for the monitoring of party primaries at the convenience of political parties.

UP SOUND Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Boss.

On his part, the Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Yusuf Dantalle expressed Council’s preparedness for the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States and subsequent polls, as he expressed IPAC readiness to partner with INEC and stakeholders in the electoral process to further consolidate the Nation’s democracy and restore Nigeria dignity and prosperity as the great arsenal of democracy in Africa.

UP SOUND Yusuf Dantalle, IPAC Chairman

Similarly, political parties are advised to avoid acrimonious primaries and the conduct of parallel primaries as well as the emergence of multiple candidates which has become frequent occurrence

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