The Independent National Electoral Commission says no political party has submitted its list of candidates to the commission.

INEC said this on Thursday in a statement signed by a National Commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Malam Mohammed Haruna.

The commission had fixed October 7 as the deadline for the conduct of primaries while parties could begin submitting the list of candidates by October 9.

However, our correspondent who visited the venue meant for the submission of names observed that no political party had submitted any list in the last 48 hours.

The electoral umpire said the deadline for the submission of names of Presidential and National Assembly candidates was October 18 while that of the governorship and states assembly was November 2.

The statement read in part, “INEC held its usual weekly meeting on October 11 and noted that none of the 89 registered political parties that notified the commission of their intention to conduct their primaries has submitted the list of its sponsored candidates (Form CF002) and personal particulars (Form 001) to the centre designated by the commission for the collection of the said documents.”

A source within the commission, however, told our correspondent that many of the political parties were trying to address the problems that arose from the conduct of the primaries before submitting any list to INEC.

The Punch

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