By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Forty-eight (48) political parties have submitted names of their candidates and their running mates to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC headquarters, Abuja, for the Osun State governorship election scheduled to hold the 22nd of September this year.
The Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this yesterday at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja shortly after the swearing-in of two new Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, in Abuja.
The two new RECs are Barrister Ahmad Bello Mahmud posted to Kebbi State and Mr Garba Attahiru Madami, deployed to Kwara state.
The INEC Chairman pointed out that the Commission is currently processing the nomination forms of the 48 political parties.
According to him, “Our preparations for the Osun State Governorship election continue in earnest. Nomination of candidates closed yesterday (Tuesday) in line with the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the Commission in October last year.
“A record number of forty-eight (48) political parties have nominated candidates for the election.
“The Commission is currently processing the nomination forms”, he stated.
Prof Yakubu however charged the two new RECs to quickly familiarize themselves with the relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Commission’s plans, guidelines and regulations as well as established processes and procedures.
He added, “On the practical side of your work, you must immediately interact with your staff and pay attention to their welfare, visit the Local Government offices in your States and assess the various facilities and critical requirements for the 2019 general elections, ranging from the recruitment and training of ad hoc staff, logistics and more.
“Within the confines of the law, I encourage you to be imaginative in responding to the needs of the electorate and adding value to the electoral process.
“In doing so, always seek for clarification and, where necessary, the approval of the Commission.
“ I wish to assure you that your supervising National Commissioners and the Headquarters will always support you to deliver on the Commission’s core mandate of service to Nigerians”, he said.
The INEC Chairman told the new RECs that, “With only 205 days to the 2019 general elections, you must quickly settle down to work”.
He stressed further, “Each one of you brings to the Commission your knowledge and experience that will help in managing the enormous responsibilities of conducting free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.