The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday said 14 political parties submitted nominations for the Edo State governorship election.
The commission disclosed this in a statement in Abuja by Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, on Tuesday.
Okoye said the particulars of the nominated candidates would be published in the Edo State office of the commission and simultaneously uploaded on its website on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that from the provisional list of the nominated candidates by the 14 parties, only the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party was a female.
The list also indicated that that only African Democratic Congress and the Social Democratic Party nominated females as running mates.
Okoye said 15 political parties earlier signified their intention to conduct primaries for the nomination of their candidates, adding that the exercise ended on June 27.
He said: “At the close of nominations on June 29 at 6pm, 14 political parties used the dedicated online portal of the commission to submit the list of candidates that emerged from their primaries.
“The provisional list of the candidates disaggregated on the basis of name, gender, age and qualification has been uploaded on our website and social media platforms.
“Furthermore, and as required by law, the particulars of the nominated candidates will be published in the Edo State office of the commission and simultaneously uploaded on our website on Thursday, July 2.”
Okoye encouraged members of the public to go through the nomination forms, affidavits and documents submitted by the parties on behalf of their candidates.
He advised that any person who had reasonable grounds to believe that any information in the affidavit or any document submitted by any candidate was false to take a legal action.
Okoye said such a person may file a suit at the Federal High Court and High Court of a State or the FCT against such a candidate seeking a declaration that the information contained in the affidavit was false.
He noted that the final list of duly nominated candidates would be published on August 13, after withdrawals by candidates and substitution by their political parties.
Okoye said the commission also deliberated on several issues, including Ondo State end of tenure of governorship election as well as Nasarawa Central State Constituency bye-election.
He said political parties interested in nominating candidates for the Ondo State governorship election should note that the conduct of party primaries would commence on July 2 and end on July 25.
He said: “The last date for the submission of the names of duly nominated candidates is July 28.
“For the Nasarawa State Central Constituency bye-election, the conduct of primaries for the nomination of candidates starts today, June 30, and will end on July 6.”
Okoye said the commission was encouraged by the seamless online nomination of candidates for the Edo State governorship election using its newly introduced dedicated portal.
Okoye said the same procedure would be applied in the Ondo State governorship poll, Nasarawa Central State Constituency bye-election and all subsequent elections to be conducted by the commission.
He said: “Accordingly, political parties are encouraged to obtain their nomination access codes from the commission for the bye-election and upload the list of their candidates and their particulars to the dedicated portal between July 3 and July 7.
“For the Ondo governorship election, the commission’s dedicated portal for the submission of the names of candidates that emerge from valid party primaries will open on July 21 and close on July 28, 2020.
“Political parties are encouraged to submit the list of their candidates on time as the portal will automatically close at 6 pm on the last date for the submission of nominations.”
Okoye advised all political parties, candidates, aspirants and supporters to obey all laws, regulations and guidelines, especially in their campaigns.
“Equally important is the need for strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols to ensure their safety and well-being as well as that of members of the public,” he said.