Abia PDP Can Conduct Fresh Primary Over Death Of Governorship Candidate, Says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party, Abia State chapter can conduct a fresh primary within 14 days following the death of its governorship candidate, Prof Uchenna Ikonne.

A statement issued on behalf of the family by his son, Dr. Uche-Ikonne Chikezie, revealed that the politician died on Wednesday in Abuja at the age of 67 after a brief illness.

Speaking to our Correspondent, Okoye said, “If the candidate dies when polls have commenced, Section 34(3)(b) of the Act provides that the running mate shall continue with the election and nominate a new running mate.”

He added, “Provided that in the case of such withdrawal or death of a candidate, the political party affected shall, within 14 days of the occurrence of the event, hold a fresh primary to produce and submit a fresh candidate to the commission for the election concerned.

The period, slated in the timetable and schedule of activities for the withdrawal of candidates has lapsed. In the said timetable, the last day for withdrawal by governorship and State Assembly candidates was August 12, 2022.

“Moreover, Section 31 of the Act makes it clear that a candidate can only withdraw his or her candidature by notice in writing submitted to the political party that nominated him and such must be conveyed to the political party not later than 90 days to the election.”

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