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Ondo 2024 : Adhere to rules, INEC tasks parties

By Jubril Bada

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Ondo State has charged political parties to uphold the principles of democracy and ensure the legitimacy of their party primaries.

The electoral umpire also enjoined political parties to adhere to the guidelines, rules and the regulations in their party’s constitution and electoral laws during the conduct of their primaries next month.

Ondo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Babalola spoke yesterday during a meeting with the representatives of political parties at the Commission’s office in Akure.

The governorship election in the state, according to the INEC’s timetable, will hold on November 16.

The REC said the commission received notification from 19 political parties for the conduct of primaries for the governorship election, just as the exercise will commence from April 6 to 27, 2024.

The political parties include; the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Others are: Accord Party (AP), Action Alliance (AA), African Action Congress (AAC), African Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Action Peoples Party (APP), Boot Party (BP), Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

The rest include: National Rescue Movement (NRM), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Youth Party (YP), Young Progressives Party (YPP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

Babalola said the meeting which was an opportunity to engage the parties on the upcoming primaries, represented a critical juncture in the democratic journey in the State.

She added that the role of political parties in ensuring the success and integrity of the process cannot be overemphasized.

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