- The governorship election in Anambra State has been fixed for 6 November
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has opened up about the controversial primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State.
INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said the Commission received a damning report from its officials on the APC primary which produced former Senator Andy Uba as the party’s flagbearer.
Okoye, however, said top officials of the electoral body were yet to meet to consider the document and take a decision.
“The Commission has not taken a decision on the issue. A political party may conduct primaries and refuse to upload the list and personal particulars of its candidates,” he told Premium Times.
Okoye spoke just as INEC ends the uploading of the list and personal particulars of nominated candidates today (9 July).
The governorship election in Anambra State has been fixed for 6 November.
The INEC spokesperson said the 18 registered parties interested in contesting the November 6 governorship election gave the commission the statutory 21 days notice of their intention to conduct primaries, adding that its officials monitored the primaries of the parties that gave the required notice and issued reports.
He said, “If a party organised primaries in accordance with the law, the Commission will report what it observed. If the organisation and conduct fell short of the law and party guidelines the Commission will report.
All the parties complied with the June 10-July 1, 2021 timetable for the conduct of primaries.
“The Commission has not disqualified any candidate. The Chairman of each of the parties will be given the access code to the INEC party nomination portal. The uploading of the list and personal particulars of nominated candidates will end on the 9th July 2021.”
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