INEC to release final list of governorship, state assemblies today
*Insists APC won’t field candidates in Zamfara
By Steve Oko
Barring any last minute change of mind, the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, will today release the final list of candidates for the governorship and state houses of assembly elections scheduled for March 2nd.
The Commission had in a statement on Wednesday, confirmed the list would be published today.
INEC National Commissioners and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, who signed the statement said the commission’s earlier position that the All Progressive Congress, APC would not field any candidates in Zamfara State due to its inability to submit list of flag bearers before the deadline still subsists.
INEC said the status quo remained unchanged.
He said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission met on Wednesday, January 30 2019 and among other things approved the final list of candidates for the governorship, State Assembly and FCT Area Council elections scheduled to hold on March 2 2019.
“On the whole, there are 1, 066 candidates for the governorship elections, 14, 583 for the State Assembly elections and 806 for the FCT Area Council elections broken down into 105 Chairmanship candidates and 701 councillorship candidates. “
Meanwhile the final list is being expected with anxiety in some states where party factions conducted parallel primaries.
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