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Political parties to present presidential, gov candidates for 2023 elections in August 2022



The Electoral Bill by the National Assembly has been handed to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, November 19, 2021, for assent.

If the President assents to the invoice, it turns into a legislation and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would anticipate political parties to submit the record of their candidates for the 2023 elections newest by August 18, 2022.

This extends the dates for political parties to submit the names of their candidates to INEC from 60 to 120 days earlier than the elections.

In the outdated Act, it’s said in its Section 31 that, “Every political celebration shall not later than 60 days earlier than the date appointed for a common election beneath the provisions of this Act, submit to the fee, in the prescribed types, the record of candidates the celebration proposes to sponsor on the elections, offered that the fee shall not reject or disqualify the candidate (s) for any motive in any respect.”

This part has now been amended by amending subsections 1, 6 and eight.

The amended Section 31 (1) now stipulates that “submission of lists of candidates by political parties shall be achieved not later than 120 days earlier than the date appointed for a common election and candidates will need to have emerged from validly performed primaries”.

Meanwhile, INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had in April introduced that the 2023 presidential elections could be held on February 18.

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