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INEC To Publish Final List Of Presidential Candidates Sept 20

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will publish the final list of presidential, senatorial and house of representatives candidates for the 2023 general election on September 20.

Gatekeepers News reports that INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this on Thursday at a meeting on ‘conducting elections in a volatile security environment’, organised in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).

He also said the final list of governorship candidates would be published on October 4.

Yakubu stated that activities towards the 2023 general election will enter the “critical stages” in September.

He explained that the meeting is relevant because of the security situation in parts of the country and its implications on the forthcoming elections.

“In the next 19 days, that is, on 20th September, 2022, the commission will publish the final list of candidates for national elections — presidential, senatorial and house of representatives — as provided in section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and the timetable and schedule of activities released by the commission,” he said.

“This will be followed on 4th October, 2022, by the publication of the final list of candidates for state elections (governorship and state houses of assembly).

“Campaign in public by political parties will officially commence on 28th September, 2022, as provided by section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022.”

The INEC chairman appealed to all political parties and candidates to focus on issue-based campaigns.

“This is the best way to complement our efforts to ensure transparent elections in which only the votes cast by citizens determine the winner,” he added.

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