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Edo: INEC gives each party 10 days to conduct primaries

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has urged the political parties to conduct their primaries within the next ten days.

Elections is scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020 political parties in Ondo and Edo States are expected to conclude their primaries in the next 10 days.

The committee said that the deadline for this event was Saturday, June 27, and it was “still fixed” because it would not be extended.

INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu said this during the second virtual consultation meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security held on Wednesday.

He advised political parties to abide by the four mandatory requirements for the qualification of governorship election candidates in Article 177 (Revised) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Yakubu said: “When it comes to the election of the Governor of Edo, I would like to remind all parties interested in sending election candidates to complete the primary election of nominating candidates within the next 10 days.

“The deadline is Saturday, June 27, 2020. I must emphasize that the date is fixed. The deadline will not be extended.

“Although the conduct of the primary election and the nomination of candidates will be the sole responsibility of the political party, our officials will monitor the primary election in accordance with legal requirements.

“The committee has already announced the date and method of the primary election of each of the 15 political parties that indicated their intention to participate in the election.

“Similarly, if the political party is unable to use the dedicated portal created by the committee to submit the names and other details of the primary candidates, there will be no extension. It should be emphasized that the deadline is Monday afternoon, June 29, 2020 by 6 o’clock.”

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Yakubu further stated: “Candidates nominated by political parties must be Nigerian citizens at birth; must be at least 35 years old; must be a member of a political party and sponsored by that political party; and must accept at least the school certificate level or equivalent Education.

“These clear constitutional rules must be followed to avoid unnecessary litigation after nominating candidates, some of which are still in court.”

Speaking about the role of security agencies, he said: “We must defend this process and protect all voters, INEC officials, observers, the media, and even some unarmed security personnel deployed at polling stations. Doing so requires our Professionalism and neutrality.”

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