APC Plays With Fire, postpones Presidential Aspirants’ Screening Indefinitely Despite INEC Deadline

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Despite the INEC deadline, the APC plays with fire by deferring presidential aspirants’ screening indefinitely.

If the All Progressives Congress (APC) fails to screen its presidential candidates and complete all primary election activities within the next 11 days, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may sanction the party.

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The ruling party announced on Sunday that the screening of its presidential candidates scheduled for Monday had been postponed for the second time (today).

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The APC announced the postponement of the screening exercise indefinitely in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka.

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“The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Aspirants Screening Exercise, previously scheduled for Monday, May 23rd, 2022, is hereby postponed.”

“A new exercise date will be announced shortly.” “We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused,” Morka said.

The ruling party is expected to screen its presidential candidates ahead of the May 29 to June 2 primary election.

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If the APC fails to follow INEC’s polling guidelines, its candidates risk being barred from running in the general election in 2023.

The commission had previously ordered that all political parties in the country complete their primary elections by June 3, 2022, or sooner.

The electoral umpire reminded the parties that their primaries must be completed by that date in order to comply with the general election guidelines for 2023.

“Given the importance of the exercise in identifying candidates for various elective positions in the 2023 General Election, political parties should be reminded that their primaries must be completed within one month of today.” The deadline has been extended to Friday, June 3rd, 2022. The Commission reiterates that the deadline is firm and fixed, while urging the parties to ensure a tumult-free and transparent exercise,” INEC said in a statement dated May 5, 2022.

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