INEC releases the list of political parties participating in the Edo governorship race

Apr 16, 2024 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that 17 political parties have put forward candidates for the Edo governorship election scheduled for 21 September.

According to Sam Olumekun, INEC’s national commissioner and chairperson of the Information and Voter Education Committee, all 17 parties successfully submitted their candidates’ nomination forms via the INEC portal before the deadline of 6 p.m. on 24 March. The portal automatically closed after the deadline.

Olumekun announced that the personal details of the candidates and their running mates would be published on 30 March in accordance with Section 29(3) of the Electoral Act 2022. These details, including academic credentials and other documents, will be displayed on Form EC9 at the state headquarters and 18 local government offices across Edo.

He urged Nigerians to carefully scrutinize the published documents, noting that any candidate whose information is deemed false could face a challenge in a Federal High Court, as outlined in Section 29(5) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

In a separate event, INEC Chairperson Mahmood Yakubu, represented by national commissioner Kunle Ajayi, emphasized the need for political parties to avoid misinformation and negative rhetoric ahead of the Edo and Ondo off-season elections.

Addressing the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) Strategic Plan (2024-2028) presentation in Abuja, Yakubu stressed the importance of combating misinformation campaigns and promoting inclusivity within political parties.

He encouraged parties to involve youth, women, and persons with disabilities in their activities, highlighting the significance of mainstreaming initiatives like the Not Too Young Run Act and the Women in Politics Charter of Demands.

Yakubu emphasized the role of IPAC in advancing electoral inclusivity and commended the unveiling of the 2024-2028 Strategic Plan, noting its relevance in guiding party actions, particularly in the upcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.

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