Independent Electoral Commission
Independent Electoral Commission

A total of 22,643 political candidates, representing 91 political parties, will contest for 1,504 positions during next month’s general elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Monday.

Out of that figure are 73 presidential hopefuls and 1,158 seeking governorship positions in 29 states, the INEC said.

Mohammed Haruna, the electoral body’s national commissioner in Nigeria’s central region, told reporters that 1,886 candidates have been greenlighted to contest in the 109 senatorial districts across the country and 4,634 candidates contesting for the 306 House of Representatives seats.

Another 14,643 candidates would contest for 991 posts in the various state houses of assembly, Haruna said.

He said during the general elections, six local government chairmen and 62 councilors will also seek election in the capital city of Abuja.

The electoral body said last week that more than 84 million Nigerians, representing about 42 percent of the country’s 198 million population, have registered to vote in the general elections.

The current figure is also about 15.2 million more than the total of 68.8 million Nigerians who voted in the 2015 general elections.

An official statement earlier said 850,000 personnel, including ad hoc staff, would be trained for the general elections.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, will hold the general elections on Feb. 16 to elect the president and national assembly members, and March 2 to elect state governors and state houses of assembly members. Enditem

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