Edo, Ondo guber race: INEC to publish official register of voters, list of nominated candidates

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to  publish and present the official register of voters for the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections slated for later in the year.

According to the Daily Bulletin of the commission made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Tuesday, while that of Edo would be published tomorrow, that of Ondo would be on August 26,  this year.

While the election in Edo is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, that of Ondo will hold on Saturday, November 26.

The commission will also publish the list of nominated candidates by political parties same day in Edo State.

According to the statement, “Section 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), provides that the register of voters for an election shall be issued not less than 30 days before such an election. Also, Section 34 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) provides that the list of nominated candidates shall be published not less than 30 days before an election.

“For the Ondo governorship election scheduled for Saturday, November 26, the commission would, on the 26th of August, 2016, publish the Notice of Election, while commencement of campaigns by political parties will commence on the 28th of August, 2016, which is exactly 90 days to the election, as stipulated by Section 99(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“The commission intends to distribute Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) arising from the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise conducted in Edo State, from the 22nd to 26th of June, 2016, two weeks to the governorship election. No date has, however, been scheduled for the distribution.