Ondo poll: INEC to publish candidates’ particulars Saturday

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The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would publish the forms and particulars of political parties’ candidates submitted for the Ondo State governorship election on Saturday.

The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Following the conclusion of party primaries, 17 political parties uploaded their candidates’ nomination forms for the Ondo State governorship election by the deadline of 6.00 pm on Monday, May 20, 2024, when the dedicated portal automatically shut down.

“The personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates will be published on Saturday 25th May 2024, one week from the last date for the submission of nominations as provided in Section 29(3) of the Electoral Act 2022 and listed as item 4 on the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.

“The Commission shall publish the personal particulars by displaying copies of Form EC9 along with all academic credentials and other documents submitted by each candidate at our State Headquarters in Akure and the 18 Local Government offices across the state,” Olumekun said.

He appealed to Nigerians to scrutinize the documents of the Ondo State governorship election

“We appeal to Nigerians to scrutinise the documents. Any aspirant who participated in his/her party primaries with reasonable grounds to believe that the information provided by a candidate or running mate is false can challenge the nomination in a Federal High Court as provided in Section 29(5) of the Electoral Act 2022,” he stated.

The Ondo State Governorship Election is scheduled for November 16, 2024.