Public warning from INEC to political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission has warned the 91
political parties that it will not receive communication from any
organ of the party except the chairman and the National Executive
Council of the party.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahood Yakubu, said this during a
meeting with party chairmen in Abuja on Friday.
He said in the past, state chapters and the national body of parties
would send different names of political candidates for the same
office.
Yakubu, however, said the Supreme Court had ruled that the
national body of a political party was the one charged with the duty
of communicating with INEC.
The INEC boss said, “The supremacy of the National Executive
Council to inform the commission of dates, venues and
membership of committees to handle the conduct of primaries is
key. The Supreme Court has ruled that only NEC can submit the list
of candidates to INEC.
“We will not accept nomination or even invitation for the conduct of
primaries from the branches. It is only the national executive of
political parties that can contact us. It has happened before and it
led to serious litigation.
“The chairmen should stand firm. Only you can submit the names
of candidates for election and only you can advise the commission
on when you will conduct primaries. Otherwise, we will end up with
conflicting information.”
Yakubu urged the party chairmen to ensure that primaries were
free and fair, adding that the number of electoral cases in court
were too many.
The INEC boss said some court cases which emanated from the
conduct of 2014 primaries were still in court, adding that the many
cases in court were draining the resources of the commission.
He said, “Litigation arising from party primaries are of a pre-
election nature and are thus not time bound unlike post-election
cases which are time bound- 180 days at the tribunal, 60 days at
the Appeal Court and 60 days at the Supreme Court.

2 Comments

  1. Good update

  2. Thanks for the update

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