The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says October 7 remains the deadline for the conduct of primaries for all elective positions for the 2019 general election.
INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, Solomon Soyebi, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
Soyebi said the resolution was made at the end of the commission’s weekly meeting held on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The INEC national commissioner added that the commission, among other things, considered the status of political party primaries to elect candidates into various positions for the 2019 general election.
Soyebi said 89 of the 91 registered political parties that gave notice of their intentions to conduct primaries as required by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) had commenced and were at various stages of the process.
His words: “INEC wishes to restate that the conduct of primaries and resolution of all disputes arising therefrom must be concluded on or before October 7 as earlier published in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general election,” he said.
“The last day for submission of lists of sponsored candidates (Form CFOO2) and personal particulars (Form CF001) remains October 18 for Presidential and National Assembly and November 2 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly.”
The INEC national commissioner said the commission would only accept the list of candidates submitted by the state chairman and the state secretary.