The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday in Abakaliki said that the commission has cleared a total of 80 candidates nominated by their various political parties to contest in the 2023 National Assembly elections.
Dr Joseph Chukwu, the commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ebonyi disclosed this at a media briefing in his office at the INEC’s state headquarters in Abakaliki.
According to him, the lists of names of the candidates cleared by the electoral body have been displayed at the state headquarters and INEC offices in the 13 Local Government Areas of Ebonyi.
The REC also noted that the commission has cleared 32 presidential and vice presidential candidates from the 18 registered political parties to contest the 2023 presidential election.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission has today released the final lists of the political nominees for the 2023 Senatorial and House of Representatives elections in Ebonyi.
” The display is in the exercise of powers conferred on the commission by section 32 (1) of Electoral Act which provided that names of candidates sponsored by political parties shall be published 150 days before the election.
“We have a total of 29 senatorial and 51 House Representatives candidates from the three senatorial districts and six federal constituencies that have been cleared to run in the national assembly elections,” Chukwu said.
Our correspondent reports that Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were among the candidates that made the final list for the Ebonyi South Senatorial district.
Chief Michael Ama-Nnachi (PDP), representing Ebonyi South Senatorial district, Sen. Sam Egwu (PDP) representing Ebonyi North and Mr Lazarus Ogbeh, (PDP) senatorial candidate for Ebonyi Central Senatorial district also made the INEC final list.