FCT area council polls: 14 parties field 472 candidates

 
Fourteen out of 18 political parties have nominated 472 candidates to vie for 68 elective positions in the February 12, 2022 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said.  


According to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, at a meeting with political party leaders Thursday in Abuja, a total of 14 parties have nominated 110 candidates for chairmanship/Deputy chairmanship positions and 362 candidates for councillorship in the FCT Area Council elections.
At the meeting to deliberate the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to begin June 28, the INEC chairman told the party leaders, “In the case of the FCT Area Council elections, political parties have concluded their primaries for the 68 constituencies made up of 6 Area Council Chairmen and 62 Councillors. 


“A total of 14 out of 18 political parties have nominated 110 candidates for Chairmanship/Deputy Chairmanship positions and 362 candidates for Councillorship. Altogether, 14 political parties have nominated 472 candidates to vie for 68 elective positions in the FCT.”


Yakubu urged political parties to submit to the commission their election expenses reports within six months and election contribution report within three months after the declarations of result of an election, reminding them of the consequences of their failure to comply in earnest as enshrined in the Electoral Act, as they prepare for forthcoming elections.
He stated that the commission had  reminded political parties of these obligations in respect of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections held last year, saying that only seven out of 14 political parties have responded in the case of Edo state and 8 out of seventeen for Ondo state.  


He expressed sadness that party candidates for elections were now being determined through litigation long after elections have been concluded and winners declared by INEC and reminded them of the imperative to comply with the provisions of the law as well as  regulations governing the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates.
“On this note, I would like to remind political parties about the recent letters written to you by the commission on the imperative of complying with the provisions of the law as well as our regulations governing the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates. 
“The commission is not happy that candidates for elections are now being determined through litigation long after elections have been concluded and winners declared by INEC. The problem lies squarely with the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates by some political parties. We urge you to hold yourselves to the same high standard of free, fair, and credible elections that you hold INEC in all elections. 


“You must ensure strict compliance with your party constitutions, the law and the commission’s regulations and guidelines on party primaries in particular and the management of party affairs in general. After all, Nigerians only exercise their democratic right to elect leaders from the candidates presented by political parties. Electing good leaders begins with the quality of primaries conducted by political parties. We will do our part to ensure that our elections continue to improve.
“May I also draw your attention to your obligation under Sections 92 (3) and 93(4) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) which require political parties to submit to the Commission their election expenses reports within six months and election contribution report within three months after the declarations of result of an election. We have reminded political parties of these obligations in respect of the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections held last year. 
“However, only seven out of 14 political parties have responded in the case of Edo State and 8 out of seventeen for Ondo State.  We wish to remind political parties of the consequences of the failure to do so as enshrined in the Electoral Act. We therefore expect all defaulting parties to comply in earnest as you prepare for forthcoming elections.”


He informed the party leaders that Nigeria now has 176,846 polling units, adding that the Commission the previous day presented the new polling units to Nigerians and their distribution nationwide while reminding them that the commission had already released the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the Ekiti state Governorship elections holding on 18th June 2022 and that of Osun state holding on 16th July 2022. 
He added that copies of the timetable had been sent to their various offices officially.

The chairman also reminded them that the commission has fixed Monday 28th June 2021 for the online CVR to commence nationwide. 

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