The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed to shut down its portal for submission of particulars of governorship and state assembly nominees from all parties on July 15, 2022.
The electoral body warned all political parties including the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the country, not to wait until the last day before submitting the required documents.
Naija News understands that the National Commissioner in charge of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye made the electoral body’s stand known in a statement on Thursday.
In the statement, Okoye stated that Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will continue nationwide until further notice. He said the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Electoral Officers have been directed to continue with the exercise pending further directives from the Commission.
The statement reads: ”The Commission has consistently reiterated its resolve to continue to provide electoral services to the Nigerian people and register all eligible Nigerians that are interested in registering. The Commission has yet again deployed additional machines to areas of pressure and will continue to serve the people of Nigeria.
“By the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the Commission, Political Parties that conducted valid Governorship and State Assembly primaries shall upload the list and personal particulars of their nominated candidates between 1st and 15th July 2022.
“Political parties are advised not to wait until the last day before uploading the list and personal particulars of their candidates. The Candidates Nomination Portal will shut down at 6pm on 15th July 2022.”
He, therefore, urged political parties who have challenges with uploading documents to contact the Commission’s Help – Desk, through the dedicated telephone lines or contact the candidate nomination centre at the Commission’s headquarters.