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INEC Publishes Final List Of Candidates For 2023 National Elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its regular weekly meeting held today, 20th of September, 2022, has approved the release of the final list of candidates for the upcoming national elections. This is pursuant to Section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and Item 8 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the upcoming 2023 election.

The publication contains full names and addresses of all nominated candidates. These are the candidates that were validly nominated for national elections party primaries and the period earmarked for withdrawal and substitution of candidates. Therefore, no withdrawal or substitution of candidates is allowed except in the event of death as provided in section 34(1) of the Electoral Act or pursuant to a court order.

According to the publication, Presidential aspirants and their running mates have been fielded by 18 political parties. 1,101 candidates are vying for the 109 seats of the Red Chamber, while 3,122 candidates are vying for the 360 seats at the House of Representatives level; making a total of 4,223 candidates for the legislative seats.

In terms of gender distribution, there are 3,875 male candidates; consisting of 35 presidential and vice Presidential, 1,008 Senatorial, and 2,832 House of Representatives candidates. On the other hand, there are 381 female candidates, including; 1 Presidential aspirant, 92 Senatorial and 288 House of Representatives aspirants. It is also worthy of note that there are 11 Persons Living with Disabilities (PLDs) in the race.

According to the Commission, the list for specific constituencies is published in the State of their location, while the comprehensive nationwide list has been uploaded on the INEC’s website.

Furthermore, INEC also disclosed that the final list of candidates for the upcoming state elections will be published on the 4th of October, 2022.

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