Ondo state would see seventeen candidate contest for the gubernatorial seat in the forth coming election scheduled for October 10, 2020.
This was made known today, by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC.
The commission’s office in Akure, the state capital has revealed that 17 political parties have submitted the names of the candidates and their deputies for the poll.
The Commission uploaded the list and credentials of the 17 candidates on its website.
A spokesperson for the commission, Festus Okoye said “Seventeen out of the 18 registered political parties gave the commission the requisite statutory notice of their intention to conduct primaries and they conducted primaries for the purpose of nominating candidates for the governorship election,”
According to him “the decision is in compliance with section 31(3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“By section 31 (5) & (6) of the Electoral Act, a person who has reasonable grounds to believe that any information given in the affidavit or any of the documents submitted by any of the candidates is false may file a suit in court seeking a declaration that such information is false.
He noted that if the information is determined to be false by the court, the court would issue an Order disqualifying the candidate from contesting the election.
The commission also urged the public to take an active part in the “vetting of the list and particulars of nominated candidates to enhance transparency”.