Delta 2019: Fear grips candidates as opponents petition INEC over alleged forged credentials

Palpable fear of the unknown has continued to unsettle political parties’ candidates in Delta State over allegedly forged credentials and other related documents for the 2019 general elections.

DAILY POST gathered that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state had received several petitions against some of the candidates by their opponents, who claimed the credentials of those cleared as candidates were forged.

For instance, a source said many of the candidates submitted NECO results that were either allegedly bought or forged by examination syndicates for them.

The development, it was gathered had unsettled many parties’ candidates in the state.

Confirming the report, the Administrative Secretary, INEC Delta State, Mrs Rose Orianran Anthony, who spoke to journalists in Asaba on Wednesday, disclosed that some of the issues raised by the petitioners were being looked into.

She, however, refused to disclose the candidates involved.

Orianran said that pursuant to section 31Subsection3 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 added: “The particulars of candidates’ currently on display are those contesting for all levels in form CF001 filled and submitted to the commission by the respective political parties.

“The commission will do it best to ensure that all Deltans see the particulars of candidates’ contesting for all levels are display at the notice boards at the 25 local government offices in the state.”

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