The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged all political parties to submit the names of their presidential candidates including their running mates and other candidates vying for political offices in the 2023 general election. The commission gives a deadline of about one week from today for all parties to meet this order or their nominations will no longer be valid.
According to a statement signed by the chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, political parties are required to upload details of their candidates for each constituency to the INEC Candidates Nomination Portal (ICNP).
The statement reads in part : 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 (i.e. Vice Presidential and Deputy Governorship candidates) without which the nomination is invalid. All nominations must be uploaded to the portal on/or before the deadlines. The portal will automatically shut down at 6.00pm (1800hrs) on Friday 17th June 2022 for national elections and 6.00pm (1800hrs) on Friday 15th July 2022 for State elections."