17 June 2021 by KAYODE OYEDARE.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC says fourteen out of Eighteen political parties have nominated Four Hundred and Seventy Two Candidates for Sixty Eight elective positions in next year’s Area Councils Election in the FCT.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this in Abuja during a meeting with political parties on the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration scheduled to commence later this month across the country.
Professor Yakubu Who expressed Displeasure over non compliance with party constitutions in the nomination of candidates by some political parties urged Party Leaders to always allow the Will of members to prevail to avoid litigations after Elections.
He commended the contributions of Political Parties towards the just concluded conversion of Voting Points to Polling Units as Seven Hundred and Forty Nine Polling Units were relocated to appropriate public facilities for easy access of voters across the country.
Professor Yakubu however urged them to use the available information of the One Hundred and Seventy Six Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Six Polling Units across the country to plan for future Elections.
He stressed the need for political parties to comply by submitting their Edo and Ondo Governorship Election Financial reports to the Commission as stipulated in Section 92 and 93 of the 2010 Electoral Act ( as Amended).
In a remark, National Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council ,IPAC Dr Leonard Nzenwa expressed disatisfaction over the destruction of INEC property in some parts of the country and called on leaders of political parties to support INEC in strengthening Democratic System in the country.
Dr Ezenwa commended INEC for breaking the twenty five years Jinx in the creation and expansion of Polling Units in the country and pledged the Council’s resolve to support initiatives that would enhance Democractic Governance in Nigeria.
Leaders of Seventeen Political Parties attended the INEC Second Quarterly Meeting .