- Prof Yakubu Mahmud says out of 68 political parties in Nigeria, 35 will take part in Ekiti governorship election
- Professor Mahmud discloses that the period for the submission of names by parties has elapsed
- He says INEC is prepared to work with the political parties to ensure effective representation of women
A total of 35 Nigerian political parties will be participating in the July 14 Ekiti governorship poll, out of the 68 registered parties, the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Yakubu Mahmud has said.
The Nation reports that Professor Yakubu made the revelation on Tuesday, May 23, after hosting a delegation of female parliamentarians in West Africa led by Assaita Daffe.
According to the report, the visiting team was at the INEC headquarters to formally present the ECOWAS publication on ‘Gender and Election Strategic Framework and Action Plan’.
Yakubu said the timeline for submission of candidates’ names had elapsed.
He, however, sad there is still room for any of the 35 political parties to substitute candidates, if need be.
The report said he also assured his guests that the commission was committed to working with the political parties to achieve increased women representation in politics.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Aissata Daffe, through an interpreter, had underscored the need for increased women participation in appointive and elective offices.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti on Wednesday, April 4, said that 218,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be collected in the state.
The commission said this just as it formally issued a 'Notice of Election', which stated that the governorship election would hold in the state on July 14.
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It said that this was in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Law. The INEC’s public relations officer, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin, disclosed this at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti.
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