2023 General Elections: INEC Chairman says final list of presidential candidates to be unveiled Sept. 20

Insists on issued-based campaigns

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has declared that the final list of Presidential and National Assembly candidates will be released on September 20.

Prof. Yakubu made the disclosures yesterday, at a meeting between the electoral umpire and representatives of various security agencies organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development, (CDD). He also declared that the list of governorship and State Assembly candidates will equally be released on October 4, while political parties will be allowed to kick-start campaigns on September 28.

He said: “Activities towards the 2023 General Election will enter the critical stages this month. In the next 19 days i.e. on 20th September 2022, the Commission will publish the final list of candidates for national elections (Presidential, Senatorial and House of Representatives) as provided in Sec. 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the Commission. This will be followed on 4th October 2022 by the publication of the final list of candidates for State elections (Governorship and State Houses of Assembly). Campaigns in public by political parties will officially commence on 28th September 2022, as provided by Sec. 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022. 

The INEC Chairman also appealed to candidates to avoid incendiary remarks and restrict their campaigns to what they have to offer the electorate. “As campaigns commence, we appeal to all political parties and candidates to focus on issue-based campaigns. This is the best way to complement our efforts to ensure transparent elections in which only the votes cast by citizens determine the winner”, he stated.

Speaking on the agenda of the meeting, the INEC Chairman, who restated his concern over security challenges across the country, said it was a stakeholders forum meant to “discuss a very important enabler to the full participation of citizens in the electoral process i.e. election security”. 

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