The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that 15 out of the 18 registered political parties, have stated their intention to conduct primary elections, ahead of the 2020 Edo State Governorship election.
The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said this while giving an update on the conduct of primary elections for the Edo State Governorship election in a statement.
He listed the parties as the Action Alliance, AA; African Action Congress, AAC; African Democratic Congress, ADC; African Democratic Party, ADP; All Progressives Congress, APC; All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA; Allied Peoples Movement, APM; and Action Peoples Party, APP.
Others are the Labour Party, LP; New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP; National Rescue Movement, NRM; Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; Social Democratic Party, SDP; Young Progressive Party, YPP; and Zenith Labour Party, ZLP.
Okoye said: “In accordance with Sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), 15 out of the 18 registered political parties have notified the Commission of their intention to conduct primaries for the purpose of nominating Candidates for the Edo State Governorship election, slated for September 19, 2020.
“By the timetable and schedule of activities issued by the Commission, on February 6, 2020, party primaries for the Edo Governorship election will take place between June 2 and 27.
“The Commission appeals to the various political parties to conduct their primaries in full compliance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), regulations and guidelines for the conduct of political party primaries (2018), and the INEC Police Covid-19 pandemic of May 21, 2020.
“Political parties must shun all acts capable of breaching the peace and unsettling the peace and order of the State, and jeopardising the health and safety of party members, election Officials and Observers.”