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— Prof. Yakubu INEC Has 334 Pre-Election Cases in Court

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334 pre-election complaints are currently pending before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), according to Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the commission’s chairman.

However, he emphasized that despite the fact that the instances involved just party members, the commission had been involved in each and every one of them.

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Yakubu spoke Wednesday in Abuja at the swearing-in of Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet, a new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) from Plateau State who was later transferred to Kogi State.

He also said that, in accordance with the law, INEC would today publish the specifics of candidates put forth by political parties for the gubernatorial and state assembly elections in each and every constituency countrywide.

“I ask to all Nigerians to seize the opportunity to scrutinize the specifics of the candidates and to seek legal remedies for any observed infringement of the law, as allowed in Section 29 of the Electoral Act 2022,” he continued.

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The commission has already been overrun by pre-election lawsuits resulting from the way political parties conducted their congresses and primaries for the 2023 general elections.

“So far, 334 pre-election challenges have been brought by candidates contesting the nomination of candidates or their exclusion from the lists provided to the commission in various divisions of the Federal High Court around the nation.

“We anticipate that the number of incidents will increase even further with the disclosure of the personal information of candidates for the gubernatorial, deputy governorship, and state assembly elections.

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Sadly, Nigeria’s electoral process continues to be hampered by the problem of internal party democracy. The commission will continue to interact with political parties while being resolute in its enforcement of the law’s requirements and current regulations and guidelines.

 

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