The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Lagos on Monday said that six political parties would be participating in the forthcoming December 3 bye-election in Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency of Lagos State.
Clement Oha, the Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos.
Mr. Oha said that the six political parties are Action Alliance, AA; Alliance for Democracy, AD; African Democratic Party, ADC; All Progressives Congress, APC; Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and Social Democratic Party, SDP.
The INEC boss said, “A total of six political parties submitted forms and names of candidates they intend to sponsor for Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency Bye-Election.
“The list will be published on the notice board in the INEC office at Ifako Ijaiye Local Government and in the headquarters office here for all to see.”
The INEC official reiterated that the commission was committed to conducting a free and fair election.
Mr. Oha, who urged all stakeholders to be peaceful and allow a conclusive exercise, said that accreditation and voting would be held simultaneously during the election.
The commission has started training its officers to ensure a credible poll and has assembled more than 1500 card readers for the forthcoming bye-election, to ensure a seamless exercise.
Elijah Adewale, who represented the constituency in the House of Representatives, died in Abuja on July 20 and INEC has fixed December 3 for the bye-election into the vacant seat.