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PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; and another national commissioner, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, during the INEC’s presentation of certificate of registration to five new political parties, in Abuja on Friday (16/6/17). 03311/16/6/2017/Hogan-Bassey/ BJO/NAN

Oct 7 remains deadline for conduct of primaries, INEC tells political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says October 7 remains the deadline for conduct of primaries for all elective positions for the 2019 general election.
Solomon Soyebi, INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
Soyebi said the resolution was made at the end of the commission’s weekly meeting held on Thursday in Abuja’.
He added that the commission, among other things, considered the status of political party primaries to elect candidates into various positions for the 2019 general election.
He said 89 of the 91 registered political parties that gave notice of their intentions to conduct primaries as required by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) had commenced and were at various stages of the process.
“INEC wishes to restate that the conduct of primaries and resolution of all disputes arising therefrom must be concluded on or before October 7 as earlier published in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general election,” he said.
“The last day for submission of lists of sponsored candidates (Form CFOO2) and personal particulars (Form CF001) remains October 18 for Presidential and National Assembly and November 2 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly.”
Soyebi said the commission would only accept list of candidates submitted by the national chairman and the national secretary
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