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INEC: Political parties get one-week ultimatum to name presidential running mates

Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed political parties to submit the list of candidates for the offices of president, vice-president, senate, and the house of representatives by June 17.

Technocrat Media | Abuja

Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed political parties to submit the list of candidates for the offices of president, vice-president, senate, and the house of representatives by June 17.

INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure on Thursday while providing updates on the commission’s activities in Abuja.

The development has implications for presidential candidates as they are expected to urgently name their running mates before June 17.

“I wish to reassure Nigerians that the Commission remains committed to ensuring that all citizens who wish to register are given the opportunity to do so,” he said.

“This is one of the reasons why this meeting has been convened. Already, some of the Resident Electoral Commissioners have requested more voter registration machines to ease the congestion.

“The commission will deploy additional machines to areas of need immediately. Thereafter, the commission will meet to review the progress of the exercise and take further decisions.

“We will always respond positively to the needs of Nigerians and therefore appeal to all citizens to be patient with the commission as we strive to serve them better. We appreciate the desire of Nigerians to register as voters. Let me reassure all eligible registrants that no one will be left out.

“Turning to the nomination of candidates by political parties for the 2023 general election, all primaries end today Thursday 9th June 2022.

“For the next one week from tomorrow 10th June 2022, all political parties are required to submit their list of candidates for national elections — presidential/vice-presidential, senatorial, and the house of representatives) latest by Friday 17th June 2022.”

Mr Yakubu added that political parties are also expected to submit the names of governorship candidates and their running mates between July 1 and 15.

“For state elections (governorship/deputy governorship and state houses of assembly), the list of candidates shall be uploaded from 1st to 15th July 2022 as already provided in the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general election already released by the commission,” he said.

“All Political Parties are required to upload the details of their candidates for each constituency to the INEC Candidate Nomination Portal (ICNP).

“To achieve this objective, four officials recommended by each of the 18 political parties were trained on the procedure for uploading the nomination forms to the dedicated web portal. Confidential Access Codes to the portal have already been given to each Political Party to facilitate the uploading of its nominations.

“For emphasis, the commission wishes to remind political parties that only the names of candidates that emerged from democratic primaries as provided by Sec. 84 of the Electoral Act 2022 shall be submitted to the Commission.

“Similarly, the list of all presidential and governorship candidates must be accompanied by the names of their running mates — presidential and deputy governorship candidates — without which the nomination is invalid. All nominations must be uploaded to the portal on or before the deadlines.

So far, fourteen political parties have elected their presidential candidates but none has announced the name of their presidential running mate.

The parties include Action Alliance (AA), African Action Congress (AAC), African Democratic Congress (ADC), the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Allied People’s Movement (APM), the Labour Party (LP), the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), National Rescue Mission (NRM), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Young Progressives Party (YPP), and Zenith Progressives Alliance (ZPA) formerly known as Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

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