The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not extend the March 24 deadline for the submission of list of candidates for the Edo State governorship election holding later in the year.

The governorship election is expected to hold on September 21.

“The Commission has earmarked a period of 20 days for political parties to upload the Personal Particulars (Form EC9) and Names/List of Nominated candidates (Form EC9B) of their candidates to the portal which will open at 9.00 a.m. on Monday 4th March 2024 and automatically shut down at 6.00 p.m on Sunday 24th March 2024,” INEC Spokesperson, Sam Olumekun, said in a statement on Friday.

“Access Code to the portal will be available for collection by the national chairpersons of political parties from today.”

Mr Olumekun said the deadline for the conduct of primaries by political parties expired on 24 February, as provided for by the schedule of activities issued by the commission.

“The next activity is the submission of nomination forms by political parties via the dedicated online portal,” he said.

According to him, INEC would not be extending the deadline as 20 days is enough for the political parties to upload the details of their respective candidates.

INEC has scheduled to publish the final list of candidates on 23rd April.

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