Bayelsa/ Kogi Guber: INEC tasks parties on adherence to guidelines and timetable


ABUJA: Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has urged political parties participating in the forthcoming governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states to abide strictly to the guidelines and timetable about the polls. The electoral body also said that there would be no extension of time for late submission of names of candidates. National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Festus Okoye spoke in a statement in Abuja Friday. Okoye said that INEC had on May 16, 2019, released both the revised timetable and Schedule of Activities for the November 16, 2019 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States, and reminded all political parties that conducted primaries to choose their flag bearers and submit same on or before September 9, 2019. "We wish to remind all Political Parties that conducted party primaries to choose their governorship candidates that September 5, 2019 is the last day for the conduct of party primaries while September 9, 2019 is the last day for the submission of the list of nominated candidates. "The commission will receive all nominations at its Media Centre, INEC Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja and all nominations must be received latest 6pm on Monday September 9, 2019. "Political parties that conducted party primaries shall submit to the commission on or before September 8, 2019 the name of their Liaison Officers and who must be introduced through a letter jointly signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of the party. "The Commission shall publish the names and votes scored by all the candidates that participated in the primaries monitored by our officials in the two States. "We enjoin all the political parties participating in the election to strictly comply with the timelines earlier released by the Commission and will not entertain any late submission under any circumstances," he stated.

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