The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled July 15 for the submission of political parties’ lists of candidates for governor and the House of Assembly.
The deadline was stated yesterday by the schedule of events and timetable for the elections in 2023.
Political parties that had legitimate primary elections for the governorship and the House of Assembly were advised to rigorously follow the schedule because the Nomination Portal would close on July 15 at 6 p.m.
The commission advised: “Political parties that have challenges with uploading documents should contact the Commission’s Help – Desk, through the dedicated telephone lines or contact the candidate nomination centre at the Commission’s headquarters.
”In a statement signed by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the Commission urged the parties to scrutinise the personal particulars of the candidates before submission.
The statement reads:
“By the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the Commission, Political Parties that conducted valid Governorship and State Assembly primaries shall upload the list and personal particulars of their nominated candidates between 1st and 15th July 2022.
“We urge political parties to scrutinise the list and personal particulars of the candidates they propose to sponsor at the election to avoid any mix-up and duplication of names. Political parties are advised not to wait until the last day before uploading the list and personal particulars of their candidates.
“The Candidates Nomination Portal will shut down at 6 pm on 15th July 2022. Political parties with challenges with uploading documents should contact the Commission’s Help – Desk through the dedicated telephone lines or contact the candidate nomination centre at the Commission’s headquarters.
”Speaking on Voter registration, the commission said:
“The Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will continue nationwide, and all the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Electoral Officers have been directed to continue with the exercise pending further directives from the Commission.
“The Commission has consistently reiterated its resolve to continue to provide electoral services to the Nigerian people and register all eligible Nigerians that are interested in registering.
The Commission has yet again deployed additional machines to pressure areas and will continue to serve the people of Nigeria.