The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday insisted it would not extend the deadline for submission of the list of candidates’ names by political parties for the 2019 general elections.
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, announced this to newsmen in Abuja.
Oyekanmi said that the Commission had scheduled the submission of candidates’ names for the Presidential and National Assembly between Oct. 10 and Oct. 18, and deadline for the Governorship and State Assemblies election for Nov. 2, and there is no extension.
“The Commission is following its timetable and schedule of activities for 2019 general elections. No extension of the deadline for submission,” he said.
Although he could not give the precise number of political parties that met the deadline so far, he said: “over 80 political parties made it but I am still waiting for the precise number”.
At the Aso Hall, International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, the venue of the submission after the deadline, some political parties officials, who got tallies on Wednesday night were still going through the submission process.
A staff of the commission, who pleaded anonymity, said that given of tally to political parties stopped Thursday night.
He said due to the last minutes rush by political parties, INEC staff, security officers and other personnel on duty at the venue were unable to go home.
He said that they had reached about 70 out of over 80 political parties that had so far submitted their candidates’ list.
He also confirmed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had submitted their forms.
As at 4.00 p.m., on Friday some political parties’ representatives were seen in front of the hall waiting for their turn to submit their forms.
By our correspondent in Abuja