The Independent National Electoral Commission yesterday insisted that it would not extend the deadline for submission of list of candidates by political parties for the 2019 general elections.
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
Oyekanmi said that the Commission had scheduled the submission of candidates’ names for the Presidential and National Assembly between October 10 and 18, and deadline for the governorship and state Assemblies election for November 2, and there was no extension.
“The Commission is following its timetable and schedule of activities for 2019 general elections. No extension of deadline for submission,” he said.
Rotimi, who was unable to give the precise number of political parties that met the deadline as at the time of filing this report, said “over 80 political parties made it, but said he was still waiting for the precise number.
NAN correspondent who visited the Aso Hall, International Conference Centre, Abuja, the venue of the submission after the deadline, reports that some officers of political parties who got tallies on Wednesday night were still going through the submission process.
A staff of the Commission, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that issuing of tally to political parties stopped on Thursday night.
He said due to the last-minute 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 and major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, had submitted their forms.
NAN reports that as at 4p.m. on Friday, some political parties’ representatives were seen in front of the hall waiting for their turn to submit their forms.