The Independent National Electoral Commission has extended the schedule for parties to conduct primaries.
This was disclosed by INEC in a statement on Friday evening, as the electoral body announced parties have up to the 9th of June to conclude primaries.
What INEC is saying
It stated that the political parties had requested for a 37-60 days extension of the timeline for primaries and the nomination of candidates.
- The commission was emphatic that this request could not be granted because it would disrupt other scheduled activities on the Timetable.
- It stated that the parties pleaded with the Commission to use the 6 days period between the 4th and 9th of June to conclude outstanding primaries and prepare to upload the list of candidates and the affidavits on the INEC nomination list
- INEC stated that they have decided to allow the request of the political parties since the 6-day period does not conflict with the scheduled activity.
- They also warned that this request is granted in respect of outstanding primaries only without prejudice to those already concluded by political parties.
Nigeria’s People’s Democratic Party is expected to conduct in Presidential Primaries tomorrow and the incumbent APC 2 days later.