The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cleared 23 political parties to contest the governorship election in Kogi State and 45 parties to contest the governorship election in Bayelsa State.
In a communique on Friday, INEC said it had rejected 14 invalidly submitted nominations by political parties for the elections slated for November 16.
According to the communique signed by Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, 19 political parties willingly withdrew their nominations for the elections.
Okoye said that out of the 14 rejected invalid nominations, eight were from Kogi, while six were rejected from Bayelsa.
He said that at the close of nomination, 23 political parties were cleared in Kogi with 18 parties withdrawing from the race, while one party withdrew in Bayelsa leaving 45 political parties in the race.