On July 15, 2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has committed to close its site for the submission of information on candidates for governorship and state assemblies from all parties.
The electoral commission issued a warning to all political parties, including the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties in the nation as well as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), not to wait until the very last minute to submit the necessary paperwork.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner in charge of the Information and Voter Education Committee, released a statement on Thursday outlining the position of the electoral body.
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.
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