No More Substitution of Candidates,as deadline Expires Today

[INEC] No More Substitution of Candidates,as deadline Expires Today

Political parties can no longer replace their presidential candidates ahead of the 2015 general election, unless in the case of death, according to the Electoral Act.
The same applies to candidates for the National Assembly.
According to the electoral act, Tuesday, December 30 is the last day for political party to substitute or withdraw any candidate.
Section 35 of the electoral act 2010 as amended, provides ‎for not later than 45 days for parties and candidates to make up their minds for the presidential and National Assembly election.
The provision reads: “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.”

Section 36 (1) states however that “if after the time for the delivery of nomination paper, and before the commencement of the poll, a nominated candidate dies, the chief national electoral commissioner or resident electoral commissioner shall, being satisfied of the fact of the death, countermand the poll in which the deceased candidate was to participate and the Commission shall appoint some other convenient date for the election within 14 days.”
Consequently, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) cannot replace President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as flag bearers respectively except for death in the forthcoming presidential election.
The story is however not the same with the governorship and state assembly candidates who still have up till, January 13, 2015 to either withdraw or to be substituted.
The presidential and national‎ assembly election is billed to hold on February 14, 2015, while that of the governorship and state assembly holds February 28.

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