RSIEC Directs Political Parties to Conduct Primaries Within Set Deadline

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The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) has directed political parties interested in contesting the forthcoming local government elections to hold their primaries between Friday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 24, 2024, and to submit the names of their successful candidates promptly.

Professor Simone Emenike-Wali, the Commissioner in charge of Political Parties and Monitoring, conveyed this during a meeting with local party leaders where he urged the parties to disclose the revenues from their primaries to the commission for assessment.

Emenike-Wali also mentioned that the commission has recorded five cases of double nominations and that sixteen out of the nineteen registered political parties have already collected interest expression forms.

He further outlined the objectives of the meeting, which included discussing the screening of candidates, the deadline for returning nomination forms, and issues related to tax clearance.

Earlier, the State Chairman of RSIEC, retired Justice Adolphus Enebeli, emphasized that tax clearance forms should be issued free of charge by the Rivers State Internal Revenue.

Enebeli stressed the importance of politicians embodying the spirit of sportsmanship to ensure free, fair, and credible elections.

Today FM's Uchendu Ejiohwor reports that representatives of the political parties present at the meeting underscored the need for RSIEC to resolve the issue of double nominations to prevent unnecessary expenses for parties and individuals.

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