INEC sets June 17 deadline for presidential candidates to name running mates

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced June 17, 2022, as the deadline for presidential candidates to name their running mates ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, a professor.

    The Commission also set July 15 as the deadline for governorship candidates to present their running mates ahead of the 2023 polls.

    “Similarly, the list of all Presidential and Governorship candidates must be accompanied by the names of their running mates (i.e. Vice Presidential and Deputy Governorship candidates) without which the nomination is invalid.

    “All nominations must be uploaded to the portal on/or before the deadlines. The portal will automatically shut down at 6.00 pm (1800hrs) on Friday 17th June 2022 for national elections and 6.00 pm (1800hrs) on Friday 15th July 2022 for State elections,” the statement said.

    Following this development, presidential candidates including Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, flagbearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) are expected to pick their running mates before June 17, 2022.

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