The Independent National Electoral Commission will soon announce presidential and National Assembly candidates of political parties that will participate in the 2019 general elections.

The development will likely lay to rest controversies in some parties or aggravate the crises that trailed the recently concluded primaries.

Despite the primary elections they conducted, many parties, including the APC and the PDP, have refused to make serious pronouncements on their candidates in many constituencies because of vested interests.

It was alleged that though some of the aspirants knew they won during the primaries, their names were allegedly changed “with pencils and biros” on the way to INEC headquarters in Abuja.

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The timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections released by INEC earlier in the year indicate that publication of personal particulars of candidates (CF001) for the presidential and National Assembly elections will be made on Thursday, October 25.

Section 31(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), provides that the publication must be made within seven days of the receipt of the form from political parties.

List of governorship and Houses of Assembly candidates of various political parties will be published on November 9, 2018.

The timetable had given all political parties up to October 18, 2018, to submit lists of their presidential and National Assembly candidates, and November 2, 2018, to submit governorship and Houses of Assembly candidates.

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