The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not extend the deadline for submission of list of candidates’ names by political parties for the 2019 general elections.
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja.
Oyekanmi said that the Commission had scheduled the submission of candidates’ names for the Presidential and National Assembly between October 10 and 18, and deadline for the Governorship and State Assemblies election for November 2, and there is no extension.
“The Commission is following its timetable and schedule of activities for 2019 general elections. No extension of deadline for submission.”
Oyekanmi, who was unable to give the precise number of political parties that met the deadline as at the time of filing this report, said “over 80 political parties made it but I am still waiting for the precise number.”
At the Aso Hall, International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja venue of the submission, some officers of political parties, who got tallies on Wednesday night, were still going through the submission process.
An official of the Commission said that after Thursday night, no party was given tally.
He said due to the last minute rush by political parties, INEC staff, security officers and other personnel on duty at the venue were unable to go home.
He said that they had reached about 70 out of over 80 political parties that had so far submitted their candidates’ list.
He also confirmed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had submitted their forms.
As at 4 p.m. on Friday, some political parties’ representatives were seen in front of the hall waiting for their turn to submit their forms.