A file picture of INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu. Picture: Channels Tv/Sodiq Adelakun
The Chairman of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has suggested political events forward of future elections within the nation.
He urged them to shun acts that would result in conditions the place the courts can be those to find out the outcomes of the forthcoming elections.
Professor Yakubu gave the recommendation when he met with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on the INEC headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Forward of the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively, he decried the latest litigations which resulted within the Supreme Court docket figuring out the winners of the polls in some states.
“The tip of tenure governorship elections in Edo and Ondo are holding later within the 12 months.
“Given latest expertise with some governorship elections, political events must do extra to keep away from the conduct of acrimonious primaries or failure to watch due diligence within the screening of their candidates, leading to protracted litigations and eventual willpower of the result of elections by orders of the courtroom,” the INEC boss mentioned.
He warned that the courtroom may need to determine the outcomes of the polls ought to political events proceed to conduct inappropriate social gathering primaries and poor screening of their nominated candidates that would result in protracted litigations.
Professor Yakubu, subsequently, requested the political events to be aware of the “two critical dates” within the timetable launched by INEC lately.
He mentioned, “Party primaries for the democratic election and nomination of candidates for the Governorship election in Edo State must be held from June 2-27,” including, “The date for Ondo State is July 2-25.”
The INEC boss warned that the fee wouldn’t lengthen the dates.
“We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law,” he pressured.