The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has extended the deadline for the submission of governorship and House of Assembly candidates’ forms earlier scheduled to end on 25 December to 26 December. Kayode Idowu Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega said the reason for the change in date was because of the public holiday declared by the Federal Government because of Christmas.
Idowu added that there was no extension in the 18 December, deadline set for the submission of Presidential and the National Assembly forms.
Idowu said there would be no opportunity for any political party that failed to submit its candidates’ forms at 8 p.m. on the last day declared for submission. He stated that the commission initially intended to close submission of forms at 6 p.m. but that some of the political parties wanted it to be shifted to 12 midnight.
“But at a meeting on Monday, the commission and the political parties eventually settled for 8 p.m. deadline, for the presidential and National Assemblies elections, deadline is Wednesday 18 December, at 8 p.m. for the submission of form CF001 and CF002.” The presidential and National Assembly candidates according to Idowu would be published on 25 December as provided by the law, while names submitted for governorship and House of Assembly election, with 26 December as deadline, would be officially published on 1 January, 2015.
He explained that there was a constitutional provision for the withdrawal of candidates but that the candidate must write and sign that he or she was withdrawing from this race.