By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
Palpable fear of the unknown has continued to unsettle candidates of political parties in Delta State over the involvement of some of them in alleged forgery of credentials and related documents for the 2019 elections.
It was gathered within INEC office in Asaba that many of the candidates’ credentials were forged as it has received lots of petitions against some of the candidates by their opponents who alleged the credentials of those cleared as candidates were forged.
For instance, our sources said many of the candidates submitted NECO results that were either allegedly bought or forged by examination syndicates for them.
Confirming the report, the Administrative Secretary, INEC Delta State, Mrs. Rose Orianran-Anthony, who spoke to journalists in Asaba disclosed that some of the issues raised by the petitioners were being looked into but refused to disclose the candidates affected.
She said that pursuant to section 31, sub-section3 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, INEC has commenced the display of particulars of the candidates for the 2019 general elections.
According to her, the publication and display of particulars of candidates are also in compliance with the section 34 of the Electoral Act which required the commission to display the names of candidates in all its offices at least 30 days before election.
She said that the particulars of candidates contesting for governorship and the state House of Assembly constituencies on form CF001 will also be published and displayed in due course.
She added that the Electoral Act provides for the Commission to publish within seven days of receipt of the personal particulars of candidates intending to contest the election.
She said: “The particulars of candidates currently on display are contesting for all levels in form CF001 filled and submitted to the Commission by the respective political parties”.
She enjoined stakeholders and the electorate to take advantage of the display to visit any INEC office closest to them for claims and objections, adding that it will afford those concerned the opportunity to ensure that every details are correctly captured.
She said: “The commission will do its best to ensure that all Deltans saw the particulars of candidates contesting for all levels as displayed of the notice boards at the 25 local government offices in the state”.