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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that two political parties, the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, and the African Congress, AAC, have not uploaded even a single nomination to the portal, three days to deadline.
The two political parties have former Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore as their presidential candidates for the 2023 election.
However, barely three days to the deadline issued by the electoral umpire, none of the two parties have submitted the names of their candidates for state-level elections.
Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, in a statement on Wednesday said 6,995 nomination forms (EC9) uploaded by 16 of 18 parties have been processed.
He said, “However, two political parties, the African Action Congress AAC and New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP, are yet to upload a single nomination to the portal.”
According to the Timetable for the 2023 general election released in February 2022 by INEC, all political parties are expected to nominate their candidates for governorship, deputy governorship and State Assembly elections via the INEC Candidate Nomination Portal (ICNP) from 1st – 15th July 2022.
Okoded stated, “The commission hereby reminds all political parties that they have three days left to upload their list of candidates to the ICNP. The deadline is Friday 15th July 2022. The portal will automatically shut down at 6.00pm on that date.”
Commenting on requests for the issuance of Certified True Copies CTCs of documents mainly arising from the conduct of party congresses, primaries and nomination of candidates, he said, “The number of requests processed has now risen to one million, six hundred and sixty-two thousand, nine hundred and eighty seven (1,662,987) pages of documents. Sadly, in spite of the Commission’s effort, 147 out of 476 requests processed as at today involving 5,646 pages are yet to be collected by applicants.
“The commission appeals to prospective litigants to come forward and collect the certifed copies of the documents”.