The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would display personal particulars and academic qualifications of candidates in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo and Ondo States for citizens to scrutinise for false information.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday in Abuja during a meeting with resident electoral commissioners.
He said the electoral law requires the commission to take such step.
Yakubu noted that personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on 6th July 2020 in Edo State and on 4th August 2020 in Ondo State.
He called on citizens to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of Nigeria’s democracy and good governance.
The chairman noted that the failure of political parties to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates lately has resulted in protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of court.
Prof. Yakubu, who said the commission would not extend the dates for the primaries and nomination of candidates, urged political parties in the two states to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries.
“We will rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law,” he said.
Party primaries and nomination of candidates for the Edo governorship election is to hold from June 2 to 27, according to the timetable released by INEC, while Ondo is from July 2 to 25.