The Independent National Electoral Commission has revealed that none of the political parties which indicated interest in fielding candidates for the 2019 general election has submitted its list of candidates.
Mallam Mohammed Haruna, a National Commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee, made this known in a statement signed and released on Thursday.
Naija News recalls that the electoral umpire had set October 7 as the deadline for the conduct of primaries while parties were free to start submitting the list of candidates by October 9.
INEC also fixed the deadline for the submission of names of Presidential and National Assembly candidates for October 18 while that of the governorship and states assembly was November 2.
The statement read in part, “INEC held its usual weekly meeting on October 11 and noted that none of the 89 registered political parties that notified the commission of their intention to conduct their primaries has submitted the list of its sponsored candidates (Form CF002) and personal particulars (Form 001) to the centre designated by the commission for the collection of the said documents.”
A source within INEC however revealed that the delay in submission of the list of candidates is likely linked to the fact that many of the political parties were trying to sort out the problems and grievances that followed the conduct of the primaries before submitting any list to INEC.
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