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Friday, October 5, 2018

'There'll be no extension to the deadlines' - INEC issues powerful statement ahead of the 2019 general elections

This morning, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, issued a statement reminding all political parties across the country, that October 7 remains the deadline for the conduct of primaries for all elective positions for the 2019 general elections, and resolution of disputes emanating from the primaries.

The statement signed by Solomon Soyebi, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee stated that: “the resolution was made at the end of the Commission’s weekly meeting, held on Thursday, in Abuja.’’

He added that 89 of the 91 registered political parties that gave notices of their intention 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 from it, must be concluded on or before October 7, as earlier published on the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general elections.

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 restated that the Commission would only accept list of candidates submitted by the National Chairman and the National Secretary.

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