The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the final list of candidates for the governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states on November 11, 2023.
Mr. Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, said the list was approved during a meeting conducted by the Commission on Tuesday in Abuja.
“The decision is in line with the provision of Section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 which requires the publication of the list not later than 150 days to election day i.e. Friday 9th June 2023 following the period for voluntary withdrawal and substitution of candidates by political parties under Section 31 of the Electoral Act 2022,” the statement read.
“The final list has been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms. The same will be published in our State and Local Government offices in the affected States on Thursday 8th June 2023 ahead of the statutory deadline of 9th June 2023.”
According to the announcement, all 18 political parties in Kogi, 17 in Bayelsa, and 16 in Imo nominated candidates. The list also shows that two political parties in Bayelsa State, one in Kogi State, and none in Imo State are fielding female candidates.
INEC reminded political parties and candidates that the public campaign formally begins on Wednesday, June 14th, and finishes on November 9th, in accordance with the timeline and program of operations for the three elections.