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Nigerian Political Parties ask INEC to Extend Timeline for Primary Elections by Two months

Political parties in Nigeria have asked the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the timelines for the 2023 general elections by two months.

The Political parties want slight changes to the primaries’ timeline, as stipulated by INEC.

Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Yusuf Yabagi, made the appeal on Tuesday at a meeting with INEC and leaders of various political parties at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

According to Yabagi, the extension is necessary to help political parties put things in order for the forthcoming general elections.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, in his opening remarks listed the agenda of the meeting which was well attended by national chairmen of various party, including Abdullahi Adamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Iyorchia Ayu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He explained that discussions would focus on issues concerning the continuous voters’ registration, the upcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States, as well as political parties’ primaries for the 2023 polls.

Professor Yakubu informed the party leaders that the commission would not review the existing timelines and appealed those primaries be conducted credibly in order to minimize litigations.

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