INEC reacts to purported ‘final’ candidate list making the rounds
NO FINAL LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE 2023 GENERAL ELECTION WAS RELEASED BY THE COMIMISSION ON SUNDAY 8TH JANUARY 2023
The attention of the Commission has been drawn to reports widely circulated by a
section of the media today, Monday 9th January 2023, that the final list of candidates was relcascd on our website on Sunday 8th Jamuary 2023,
The Commission wishes to state categorically that no new publication of the final list of candidates was released as reported. The public should therefore discountenance the story.
For the record, the final list of candidates for the 2023 General Election was published at least 150 days betore the day of election in compliance with the provision of Sec. 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022. Accordingly, the final list for Presidential and National Assembly clections was published on 20th September 2022 while that of
Govermorship and State Assembly clections Was publishcd two weeks later on 4ih 093 AcTviics tor the 2023 General Election relcascd by the Lommission on 26th February
There cannot be a final list of candidates with just 46 days to the General Election
CxCept for names published as substitutions tor candidates nominated carier in compliance with Court Order. Moreover, some of the candidates that allegedly made the new “fnal” ist are sill in Court and the matter is theretore subjudice.
Political parties, litigants and the public should be guided accordingly.
Festus Okoye Esq
National Commissianer & Chairman
Informationm and Voter Education Committee
Monday 9th January 2023