INEC will publish Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa Gov Candidate on Friday

The Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC) will publish the personal particulars of all the candidates contesting the November 11 governorship elections in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa States on Friday.

INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Barrister Festus Okoye said in a statement that all the registered political parties have submitted a list of their candidates for the polls.

In addition, 17 political parties expressed interest in running in the elections in the states of Imo and Bayelsa, according to the statement.

He urged candidates who participated in the primaries in the three states but are unhappy with the results to file a complaint with the Federal High Court in accordance with the Electoral Act’s requirements.

“Nigerians may recall that on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the Commission released the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the three off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, lmo, and Kogi States taking place on Saturday, November 11, 2023,” the announcement continues. According to The Nation.

Political parties held their primaries in accordance with the law and submitted the names, bios, and running mates of their candidates to the INEC candidate nomination portal before the deadline of 6 p.m. on May 5, 2023.

“All 18 political parties have put out candidates for the Kogi governor’s race, and 17 parties have done the same for the states of Bayelsa and Imo. Each political party that is supporting a candidate in one of the three races has turned in properly completed Forms EC9, which contains the candidate’s name and personal information backed up by sworn affidavits.

The Commission must publish the personal information of the candidates at the State Headquarters and Local Government offices in the three States tomorrow, Friday, May 12, 2023, in accordance with section 29(3) of the Electoral Act 2022.

“We urge Nigerians to carefully review the list. Particularly, section 29(5) of the Electoral Act 2022 allows any contender who took part in his or her party’s primary and has “reasonable grounds to believe that the information provided by the candidate is false” to contest the nomination at the Federal High Court.

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