2019: INEC appears in court 809 times over party primaries

2019: INEC appears in court 809 times over party primaries

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has appeared in court 809 times over primaries for political parties in 2019 General Elections. The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated that cases stem from the acrimony from political parties primary elections. He stated that the Commission had been dragged to 1,600 times on the whole

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has appeared in court 809 times over primaries for political parties in 2019 General Elections.

The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated that cases stem from the acrimony from political parties primary elections.

He stated that the Commission had been dragged to 1,600 times on the whole in addition to other sundry issues relating to the polls.

He stated this in Kaduna on Saturday shortly after receiving award of excellence from the Kaduna chapter of the National Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Yakubu, who was fielding questions from newsmen on steps already taken to correct the unpasse, said, “As we speak, INEC has been dragged to court 809 times over the conduct of primaries by political parties.

FILE COPY: CHAIRMAN OF INEC, PROF. MAHMOOD YAKUBU

“If you add that to the post-election litigations, we have so far been dragged to court over 1,600 times. So, we have been dragged to court because of party primaries; suits challenging the conduct of the elections.

“That notwithstanding, elections can be free and fair. We are doing our best as an electoral Commission.

“But INEC has its responsibilities clearly cut out, others have theirs, especially the political parties have theirs. But, working together, we will actually get to where we desire to be,” he said.

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The INEC Chairman however did not disclose how much of tax-payers money the Commission has spent in prosecuting t cases and other details about the cases in court.

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