Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has reaffirmed that the position of INEC regarding fielding All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates for the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State has not changed.
INEC had in a statement noted that the ruling party would not field any candidate in 2019 for not complying with Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act of 2010.
According to the Act, parties were expected to comply with the timetable and schedule of INEC. The electoral body had stated that primaries must be held between August 18 and October 7.
But no APC primaries was conducted in Zamfara State despite the deployment of INEC staff for the primary election.
Mr. Yakubu spoke on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on the sideline of the opening of a two-day validation workshop titled “Study on the cost of elections in ECOWAS Region”.
“We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued,” he said.
He further revealed that INEC would by the end of November print the outstanding Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“We have printed the PVCs for those who registered in the first quarter of 2018. We are right now simultaneously printing for those who registered in the second and third quarters.
“We are looking at the end of November for all the PVCs to be printed including request for transfer and relocation.
“Let me just repeat the assurance that every citizen that registered and who have applied for transfer or replacement will get his or her PVC before 2019 general elections.”
Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of APC, had stated in a letter to INEC that the party had picked a consensus candidate before the deadline.
“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the electoral act and the constitution of our party.
“This was done in strict compliance with Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended),” Oshiomhole said.
“We, therefore, affirm that indeed, primaries took place in Zamfara State,” Mr. Oshiomhole added, saying that conduct of primaries was not the only mode for producing candidates according to the Electoral Act 2010.