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Present fake candidate, face N.5m sanction, INEC warns political parties

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has read riot act to the political parties, warning them to field fake candidate for any election and pay N500,000 sanction.

In a statement signed by National Commissioner & Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq, the Commission also released the timetable and schedule of activities for various bye-elections.

“Political parties fielding candidates for the bye-elections must comply with the activities and timelines set out in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of the bye-election and conduct transparent and valid direct or indirect primaries in accordance with the dictates of sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended).

“Political parties must note that the aspirant with the highest number of votes at the end of voting shall be declared the winner of the primary of the party and the aspirant’s name shall be forwarded to the Commission as the candidate of the party.

“Political parties that present to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500,000.00. The detailed timetable and schedule of activities has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms,” the statement read.

On the pending bye-elections, the Commission, while rolling out timetable, disclosed that the elections will be conducted on Saturday, February 26, 2022, in six constituencies in four States. Continue Reading

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