INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. Image: NAN

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that only 73 political parties fielded candidates for the 2019 presidential election.

This was disclosed to newsmen on Friday by the National Chairman of the electoral body, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, during the opening ceremony of a two-day capacity building workshop.

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Yakubu said: “At the end of the period for the substitution and withdrawal of candidates for the presidential election, a total of 73 political parties have now filed their nominations.

“Even so, a few parties have nominated candidates below the mandatory age of 35 years as presidential and vice presidential candidates.

“We have drawn the attention of the parties concerned to the breach of the constitutional requirement ahead of the publication of the full list of presidential and vice presidential candidates for the 2019 General Elections.

“For National Assembly elections, a total of 1,848 candidates (1,615 males and 233 females) are vying for 109 Senatorial seats, while 4,635 candidates (4,066 males and 569 females) are competing for the 360 seats in the House of Representatives.”