Governorship election will hold in Edo State on September 19. Ondo State will take its turn on October 10, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said on Thursday.
According to him, Edo Governorship poll will equally hold on September 19.
He also announced the delisting of 74 political parties.
Seventy four political parties, including the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s National Conscience Party and Pastor Chris Okotie’s Fresh Party, are no more recognised.
With their removal from the list of registered parties, there are now 18 recognised parties that can participate in future elections.
The electoral umpire explained that the 74 parties were removed from its list for failing to satisfy the requirements to operate in line with the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
It said 16 parties fulfilled the requirements for existence as stipulated in Section 225A of the Constitution.
The certified parties are: Accord Party (AP), Action Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC),African Democratic Party (ADP), All Progressives Congress (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Others de- registered National Rescue Movement (NRM), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Young Progressive Party (YPP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Yakubu told reporters at the commission’s headquarters, that two political parties — the Action Peoples Party (APP) and Boot Party (BP) which it registered after the 2019 general elections will continue to exist.