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INEC Releases Timetable For Edo, Ondo Governorship Polls

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, with top officials of the commission in Abuja on February 6, 2020.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable and schedule of activities for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo State.

This comes moments after the electoral umpire announced the date to conduct the elections in both states.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement on Thursday at a press briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to him, INEC will conduct the poll in Edo on September 19 while that of Ondo will take place on October 10, 2020.

In Edo, political parties would conduct primaries between June 2 and 27 while the exercise would hold between July 2 and July 25 in Ondo.

Similarly, public campaigns by various parties in Edo would begin on June 21 in Edo and July 13 in Ondo, while they are expected to end two days to the elections in both states.

INEC also released the timetable and schedule of activities for the by-elections in three states.

They are Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger, Kebbe State Constituency in Sokoto, and Patigi State Constituency in Kwara States.

See the infographics released by INEC below:

Read the full briefing by the INEC boss below:

MEDIA BRIEFING BY THE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR MAHMOOD YAKUBU, ON THE STATUS OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND CONDUCT OF SOME OFF-SEASON AND BYE-ELECTIONS HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, INEC HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA, ON THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2020

Honourable National Commissioners

Senior officials of the Commission

The media

Ladies and gentlemen

On behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I warmly welcome you to this briefing. The purpose is to convey to Nigerians the decision of the Commission on the status of political parties.

Similarly, the Commission has fixed the dates for the end-of-tenure Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States as well as bye-elections to fill vacancies in some States of the Federation.

Status of Political Parties

You will recall that prior to the 2019 general election, Nigeria had 91 political parties. One more party was registered by court order after the election, making a total of 92 political parties. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) vests in INEC the power to register and regulate the activities of political parties.

You will also recall that in 2018, the Constitution was amended. In addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties, the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution (Section 225A) empowers the Commission to deregister political parties.

Prior to the Fourth Alteration, the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) had provided for the deregistration of political parties. Based on this provision, the Commission, between 2011 and 2013, deregistered 39 political parties.

However, several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them, particularly on the ground that the Electoral Act is inferior to the Constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same Constitution.

Subsequently, the courts ordered the Commission to reinstate the parties. It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the Commission to deregister political parties on the following grounds:

Breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party.

Failure to win at least 25% of the votes cast in one State of the Federation in a Presidential election or 25% of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a State in a Governorship election.

Failure to win at least one ward in a Chairmanship election, one seat in the National or State Assembly election or one seat in a Councillorship election.

In order to implement the provision of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution, the Commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration.

Similarly, following the conclusion of the 2019 general election, including court-ordered re-run elections arising from litigations, the Commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections.

In addition, they were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which coincided with the 2019 general election.

It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the Constitution to conduct Local Government elections.

Consequently, the Commission has determined that sixteen (16) political parties have fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) as follows:

 

S/No.NAME OF PARTYACRONYM
1.Accord PartyA
2.Action AllianceAA
3.African Action CongressAAC
4.African Democratic CongressADC
5.African Democratic PartyADP
6.All Progressives CongressAPC
7.All Progressives Grand AllianceAPGA
8.Allied Peoples MovementAPM
9.Labour PartyLP
10.New Nigeria Peoples PartyNNPP
11.National Rescue MovementNRM
12.Peoples Democratic PartyPDP
13.Peoples Redemption PartyPRP
14.Social Democratic PartySDP
15.Young Progressive PartyYPP
16.Zenith Labour PartyZLP

Seventy-five (75) political parties did not satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution. However, one of the political parties, the Action Peoples Party (APP), filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the Commission from deregistering it. Consequently, the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court.

The new political party, Boot Party (BP), registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist.

Accordingly, seventy-four (74) political parties are hereby deregistered. With this development, Nigeria now has eighteen (18) registered political parties. The list of the parties will be shared with you at this briefing and will also be available on our website and social media platforms shortly.

The tenure of the Governors of Edo and Ondo States will end on 12th November 2020 and 24th February 2021 respectively. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 178(2) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 25(8) of the Electoral Act 2010, elections cannot hold earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of an incumbent Governor.

Accordingly, the Commission has fixed Saturday 19th September 2020 as the date for the Governorship election in Edo State and Saturday 10th October 2020 for Ondo State. Detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections will be published on our website and social media platforms shortly.

Similarly, the Commission is conducting bye-elections in three (3) constituencies as a result of the deaths of some serving members of the National and State Assemblies. The Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives has declared a vacancy in Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger State.

Similarly, the Honourable Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly has declared a vacancy in Patigi State Constituency while the Speaker of the Sokoto State House of Assembly has declared the Kebbe State Constituency vacant.

These bye-elections will hold simultaneously in the three (3) States of the Federation on Saturday 14th March 2020. Again, the detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities will be published on our website and social media platforms shortly.

On this note, let me reiterate the resolve the Commission to stand firm against acts capable of disrupting the elections. As we are all aware, election is a process. However, the process does not begin and end with Election Day activities.

The conduct of party primaries, nomination of candidates, electioneering campaigns and the submission of the list of polling agents are also essential to the electoral process. Above all, good behaviour by all officials and actors involved is crucial for success.

I wish to remind all parties and candidates that violence during party primaries and electioneering campaigns, the snatching of election materials or the deployment of thugs against INEC officials, observers, the media and unarmed security personnel at polling units are acts punishable under our electoral laws.

Already, the political atmosphere in a particular State is charged. No one should regard the release of the Timetable for the elections as a signal to further escalate tension or a call to commence the recruitment of goons and arming of thugs and hoodlums.

I thank you all and God bless.

LIST OF DE-REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES

S/NO.NAME OF PARTYACRONYM
1.ADVANCED ALLIED PARTYAAP
2.ALL BLENDING PARTYABP
3.ADVANCED CONGRESS OF DEMOCRATSACD
4.ALLIED CONGRESS PARTY OF NIGERIAACPN
5.ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACYAD
6.ALL GRASSROOTS ALLIANCEAGA
7.ALL GRAND ALLIANCE PARTYAGAP
8.ADVANCED NIGERIA DEMOCRATIC PARTYANDP
9.ALLIANCE FOR NEW NIGERIAANN
10.ALLIANCE NATIONAL PARTYANP
11.ABUNDANT NIGERIA RENEWAL PARTYANRP
12.AFRICAN PEOPLES ALLIANCEAPA
13.ADVANCED PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCEAPDA
14.ALTERNATIVE PARTY OF NIGERIAAPN
15.ALLIANCE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATSASD
16.ALLIANCE FOR A UNITED NIGERIAAUN
17.BETTER NIGERIA PROGRESSIVE PARTYBNPP
18.CHANGE ADVOCACY PARTYCAP
19.COALITION FOR CHANGEC4C
20.CHANGE NIGERIA PARTYCNP
21.CONGRESS OF PATRIOTSCOP
22.DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVEDA
23.DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES CONGRESSDPC
24.DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES PARTYDPP
25.FRESH DEMOCRATIC PARTYFRESH
26.FREEDOM AND JUSTICE PARTYFJP
27.GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT PARTY OF NIGERIAGDPN
28.GREEN PARTY OF NIGERIAGPN
29.HOPE DEMOCRATIC PARTYHDP
30.INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATSID
31.JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL PARTYJMPP
32.KOWA PARTYKP
33.LIBERATION MOVEMENTLM
34.LEGACY PARTY OF NIGERIALPN
35.MASS ACTION JOINT ALLIANCEMAJA
36.MODERN DEMOCRATIC PARTYMDP
37.MASSES MOVEMENT OF NIGERIAMMN
38.MEGA PARTY OF NIGERIAMPN
39.MOVEMENT FOR THE RESTORATION AND DEFENCE OF DEMOCRACYMRDD
40.NATIONAL ACTION COUNCILNAC
41.NIGERIA COMMUNITY MOVEMENT PARTYNCMP
42.NATIONAL CONSCIENCE PARTYNCP
43.NIGERIA DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS PARTYNDCP
44.NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC LIBERTY PARTYNDLP
45.NIGERIA ELEMENTS PROGRESSIVE PARTYNEPP
46.NIGERIA FOR DEMOCRACYNFD
47.NEW GENERATION PARTY OF NIGERIANGP
48.NATIONAL INTEREST PARTYNIP
49.NIGERIA PEOPLES CONGRESSNPC
50.NEW PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENTNPM
51.NATIONAL UNITY PARTYNUP
52.PEOPLES COALITION PARTYPCP
53.PEOPLES FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGEPDC
54.PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENTPDM
55.PROGRESSIVE PEOPLES ALLIANCEPPA
56.PROVIDENCE PEOPLES CONGRESSPPC
57.PEOPLES PARTY OF NIGERIAPPN
58.PEOPLES PROGRESSIVE PARTYPPP
59.PEOPLES TRUSTPT
60.REFORM AND ADVANCEMENT PARTYRAP
61.RE-BUILD NIGERIA PARTYRBNP
62.RESTORATION PARTY OF NIGERIARP
63.SAVE NIGERIA CONGRESSSNC
64.SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL PARTYSNP
65.SOCIALIST PARTY OF NIGERIASPN
66.UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTYUDP
67.UNITED PATRIOTSUP
68.UNITED PEOPLES CONGRESSUPC
69.UNITY PARTY OF NIGERIAUPN
70.UNITED PROGRESSIVE PARTYUPP
71.WE THE PEOPLE NIGERIAWTPN
72.YOUNG DEMOCRATIC PARTYYDP
73.YES ELECTORATES SOLIDARITYYES
74.YOUTH PARTYYP

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, with top officials of the commission in Abuja on February 6, 2020.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable and schedule of activities for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo State.
This comes moments after the electoral umpire announced the date to conduct the elections in both states.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement on Thursday at a press briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to him, INEC will conduct the poll in Edo on September 19 while that of Ondo will take place on October 10, 2020.
In Edo, political parties would conduct primaries between June 2 and 27 while the exercise would hold between July 2 and July 25 in Ondo.
Similarly, public campaigns by various parties in Edo would begin on June 21 in Edo and July 13 in Ondo, while they are expected to end two days to the elections in both states.
INEC also released the timetable and schedule of activities for the by-elections in three states.
They are Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger, Kebbe State Constituency in Sokoto, and Patigi State Constituency in Kwara States.

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