Monday, July 15, 2024

INEC to hold meeting with political parties over election timetable

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will hold a crucial meeting with the leadership of the 18 registered political parties under the auspices of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC).

According to reports, IPAC has been calling on the electoral body to shift its June 3 deadline for party primaries.

Sources are saying meeting scheduled to hold at the commission’s Headquarters in Abuja at 3.30pm would dwell on the ongoing primaries for 2023 election.

Also to be discussed is the demand of parties seeking the review of the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general election.

However, it was not yet clear as at the time of this report if INEC would after today’s meeting accede to the demands of the parties by adjusting the timetable.

The two major political parties, All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party have scheduled their presidential primaries for this weekend.

INEC had reviewed its schedules for the 2023 general elections in Nigeria in February after President Muhammadu assented to the 2022 Electoral Act.

In compliance with the new Electoral Acts, the commission fixed April 4 to June 3 for the election of flag bearers of all political parties for the 2023 elections.

But political parties under the aegis of IPAC and political actors have continued to mount pressure on the commission to extend the June 3 deadline for the primaries.



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