INEC Final List: APC will not Field Candidates in Rivers, Zamfara
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC revealed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will not filed candidates for Rivers and Zamfara States in the February 16 elctions.
INEC in its final list of candidates for the Presidential and National Assembly elections did not provide names of any candidates from APC for the election.
Also missing in the list released on Thursday and signed by the INEC Secretary, Rose Orianran-Anthony, were the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party SDP.
There has been a legal tussle between Dr Donald Duke and Prof. Jerry Gana over the SDP presidential ticket, and INEC said it could not publish the particulars of either of the contenders as the party has not forwarded it any name following a court order.
The Federal High Court had barred the APC from fielding candidates in Rivers and Zamfara following the inability of the Party to resolve its internal challenges and respect its own rules on the conduct of its primaries.
INEC also disclosed that it will also publish the final list of candidates for the governorship and State Assembly elections on Thursday, 31st January for the March 2nd election.
Similarly, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the Commission would require the services of over 10,000 ad-hoc staff to support its staff during the election period.
“At the polling unit level, the critical segment of election duty staff is drawn from products of our Universities and polytechnics involved in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. For the various collation and declaration centres, the Commission draws the required Collation and Returning Officers from the academic.
“The 2019 General Elections will involve the highest number of registered voters and a record number of political parties. The final register of voters now stands at 84.004,084 while 91 political parties are contesting in different Constituencies nationwide. A total of 73 candidates are contesting in the Presidential election, 1,904 in the Senatorial and 4,680 in the Federal (House of Representatives) elections, making a total of 6,657 candidates contesting for 470 seats.
“Collation of results will take place in 8,809 Registration Areas or Wards, 774 Local Government Areas and 36 States and the FCT.” He said.