June 13, 2024

Ondo Guber: Seven parties replace candidates as INEC publishes final list

Ondo Guber: Seven parties replace candidates as INEC publishes final list

INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood

By Omeiza Ajayi

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has published the final list of candidates for the November 16 Governorship Election in Ondo state, announcing that seven political parties out of the 17 participating in the elections made some replacements.

“In line with the provision of Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, two political parties conducted fresh primaries to replace their earlier nominated candidates and their running mates by the deadline of 10th June 2024. The parties are the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP and the Social Democratic Party SDP while five parties replaced their running mates only. They are the African Action Congress AAC, the Action Democratic Party ADP, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, the Peoples Redemption Party PRP and the Zenith Labour Party ZLP”, INEC said in a statement by its National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun.

He said while 17 political parties are fielding candidates for the election, no political party has nominated a female candidate. One candidate nominated by the African Democratic Congress ADC is a person with disability (a paraplegic).

“The list has been published at our office in Akure and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information”, said Olumekun.

Meanwhile, with the publication of the final list of candidates, the next activity is electioneering campaign.

As provided by Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, INEC said campaign by Political Parties in public shall commence not earlier than 150 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day.

“Therefore, Political Parties are now permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 19th June 2024 and end at midnight on Thursday 14th November 2024 as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.

“As parties commence this critical phase of the election, the Commission once again reminds candidates, agents and their supporters of the provision of the law and the Commission’s guidelines governing such activity. For emphasis, parties shall conduct their campaigns with civility and decorum devoid of inciting language, violence, voter inducement and other infractions in accordance with the provisions of Section 92-97 of the Electoral Act 2022”, said Olumekun