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INEC Rejects Ezekwesili’s Withdrawal From Presidential Race

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INEC Rejects Ezekwesili’s Withdrawal From Presidential Race

INEC Rejects Ezekwesili’s Withdrawal From Presidential Race - Happynaija.com

INEC Rejects Ezekwesili’s Withdrawal From Presidential Race – Happynaija.com

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is too late for any candidate to withdraw from contesting any position in the upcoming elections.

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INEC said this while reacting to the withdrawal of Oby Ezekwesili as

presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN)

Ezekwesili announced her withdrawal on Thursday, saying she wanted

to give room for a coalition against candidates of the

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

But reacting via a statement, Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary

to the INEC chairman, said November 17 was the last date for withdrawal.

 

The statement read: “It is impossible for any presidential candidate

to withdraw from the race now.

 

According to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019

General Elections, the last day for withdrawal by candidates or replacement

of withdrawn candidates by political parties was 17th November, 2018

for Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

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“The deadline for Ezekwesili or any candidate in that category to withdraw

or be replaced has passed.”

 

Section 35 of the electoral act, which gives deadline from withdrawal from

any election, states:

“A candidate may withdraw his candidature by notice in writing signed

by him and delivered by himself to the political party that nominated

him for the election and the political party shall convey such withdrawal

to the Commission not later than 45 days to the election.”

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