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Conflicting Court Orders Will harm Smooth Conduct of Upcoming Elections – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a meeting held on the 23rd June 2020 deliberated on a range of issues including the ongoing conduct of Party Primaries relating to the Edo Governorship election slated for the 19th September 2020.

Court Orders emanating from the administration of political parties and conduct of the primaries, as well as the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Security Officials on Electoral Duty, was also discussed.

The outcome of the meeting was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by Festus Okoye Esq. National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee for INEC.

Okoye stated that political Parties should note that the spate and tenor of pre-election litigations and the conflicting orders emanating from courts can harm the smooth conduct of primaries and the upcoming elections.

The Commission said it is also closely monitoring the cases arising from the administration of political parties, the conduct of primaries and nomination of candidates.

“This notwithstanding, the Commission restates its avowed commitment to continue to obey all orders and judgements from properly constituted courts in accordance with the rule of law,” Okoye said.

On Party Primaries in Edo 2020 election, the Commission notes that the conduct of party primaries, including resolution of disputes arising therefrom will end on Saturday 27th June 2020, while the submission of the list of candidates the parties propose to sponsor at the election and affidavits of validly nominated candidates will close at 6pm on Monday 29th June 2020.

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