The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that 30 political parties are set to participate in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
The Electoral umpire also disclosed that it had put in place arrangements for a smooth accreditation and voting process during the election, adding that the new arrangement will reduce the rigours associated with it in the past on the part of the commission.
This was disclosed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje at a press conference in Akure, adding that all the participating political parties have concluded their primaries.
Agbaje listed the parties as: Alliance for Democracy, (AD), Social Democratic Party,( SDP), People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), African People Alliance, (APA), Peoples Redemption Party, (PRP), All Progressives Congress, (APC) and Labour Party,( LP).
Others are Citizens Popular Party,( CPP), People’s Party of Nigeria, (PPN) ,Democratic People’s Party, (DPP), Democratic People’s Congress, (DPC), New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP), Hope Democratic Party,( HDP), National Unity Party, (NUP), and Better Nigeria Progressive Party,( BNPP).
Also participating are: Young Democratic Party, (YDP), Accord Party, (AP), All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), Progressive Peoples Alliance, (PPA), African Democratic Congress, (ADC), Action Alliance,( AA) , Unity of Nigeria (UPN), KOWA Party, (KP), People for Democratic Change (PDC), Independent Democrats, (ID), Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), National Conscience Party, (NCP, United Democratic Party,(UDP), United Progressive Party,( UPP) and Advanced Congress of Democrats, (ACD).
Agbaje said: “Going by the scheduled election timetable, the party campaigns for the election have taken off and open politicking is gathering momentum.
“On this note, I wish to appeal to the political parties and politicians/ contestants to exercise restraint in their pronouncements and avoid getting involved in verbal wars and inflammatory comments capable of igniting political tension and provoking rancour that could threaten the peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
“The current political campaigns should record a significant improvement. It should be violent -free, issue-based, enriching and peaceful. It is my belief that a peaceful campaign exercise is a likely harbinger to the conduct of a peaceful election, he said.
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