INEC Chairman , Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has disclosed that 48 political parties have fielded candidates for the September 22 governorship elections in Osun State . The electoral umpire reassured the people of the state of a hitch – free exercise , saying the election would serve as a test laboratory for next year’ s general elections .
Chairman of the commission, Prof . Mahmood Yakubu , who spoke yesterday during a consultative meeting with political parties in Abuja , charged them to ensure transparency in the conduct of their primaries in both the Osun and general elections .
Yakubu emphasised that a free and credible election begins with a transparent internal party primaries and cautioned them against the submission of parallel lists of candidates for the various elective positions .
He said INEC has no reason to reject the name of any candidate submitted by the National Working Committee ( NWC) of any political party through their national chairmen, vowing that the commission would make a definitive statement on vote buying with the Osun election .He stated that INEC , in collaboration with security agencies, would make arrests and prosecute those found wanting, stressing that the menace cannot be carried to the general elections .