24 April 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The African Democratic Congress, ADC, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to be consistent with the nation’s electoral guidelines.
National Chairman of the Congress, Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu stated this in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Abuja.
Reacting to the ongoing Area Councils Primaries in the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Nwosu explained that INEC released the guidelines on the 31st March, 2021 and directed all political parties to conduct their primaries within 1st- 24th of April which he said could distort the process due to the short notice.
The ADC National Chairman explained that according to the procedure after the release of the guidelines preparations must be on for four months.
” INEC released the guidelines for FCT Councils elections on the 31st March but surprisingly put the primary elections for 1st to 24th April 2021 giving the political parties only twenty four days to conduct their primaries” Chief Nwosu added.
Describing INEC’s directives as unacceptable, the ADC Chieftain added that after the release of the guidelines political parties are expected to notify the electoral body of their primaries twenty one days after receiving it.
Chief Nwosu who used the forthcoming Anambra state governorship election as a case study for proper preparations urged the electoral umpire to stop the ongoing Area councils primaries in the Federal Capital Territory for inclusion of all political parties.
He expressed regret that guidelines for the Anambra gubernatorial election which would hold in November was released in January this year was given five months to conduct primaries while FCT Area Councils elections for next year were given twenty four days to organize primaries.
“Why should INEC be rushing to hold primaries for an election which will hold in February next year? something is not right” Chief Nwosu stressed.
Chief Nwosu noted that INEC’s decision could destroy the electoral system.