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INEC to release names and particulars of governorship candidates for Imo, Bayelsa, Kogi off-cycle election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said it will publish the personal particulars of candidates in the three off-cycle governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States scheduled for November 11, 2023.

A statement signed by INEC spokesman, Festus Okoye said 18 political parties nominated candidates for the Kogi governorship election and 17 parties for Bayelsa and Imo states, respectively.

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Okoye also confirmed that all the political parties sponsoring candidates for the three elections have submitted duly completed Forms EC9, containing personal particulars supported by sworn affidavits, as well as EC9B, containing the names of their candidates.

The INEC National Commissioner said, “As required by Section 29 (3) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission shall publish the personal particulars of the candidates in the State Headquarters and Local Government offices in the three States tomorrow, Friday, May 12, 2023.”

The electoral body appealed to Nigerians to scrutinize the list, particularly “any aspirant who participated in his or her party’s primaries with reasonable grounds to believe that the information provided by the candidate is false can challenge the nomination at the Federal High Court as provided in Section 29(5) of the Electoral Act 2022.”

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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