We did not release final list of candidates – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied the release of the final list of candidates for presidential and national assembly elections.
INEC statement signed by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner & Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, was released to newsmen on Monday.
Okoye who was reacting to a lead story by the commission in a national daily which claimed that the final list of candidates was released on its website on Sunday, 8th, January 2023, noted that “the final list for the presidential and national assembly elections was published on September 20, 2022, while that for the governorship and state assembly elections was issued two weeks later, on October 4, 2022.”
He advised the public to disregard the newspaper publication.
Okoye’s statement reads in part:” The attention of the commission has been drawn to reports widely circulated by a section of the media today, Monday 9th January 2023, that the final list of candidates was released on our website on Sunday 8th January 2023.
“The commission wishes to state categorically that no new publication of the final list of candidates was released as reported. The public should therefore discountenance the story.