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2018 Party Primaries Among The Worst In Nigeria – INEC Chairman
12-01-2018, 04:51 PM,
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2018 Party Primaries Among The Worst In Nigeria – INEC Chairman
INEC chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who spoke at a capacity-
building workshop for journalists, jointly organised by INEC,
European Centre for Electoral Support, European Union and
European Union Support for Democratic Governance in Nigeria,
disclosed that the 2018 party primaries is among the worst in
Nigeria.
The INEC Chairman who disclosed that the commission had
received 52 petitions and protests from aggrieved party aspirants
over controversial primaries, added that the commission had
already been joined in 396 pending cases in various courts across
the country over the conduct of party primaries and nomination
of candidates.
According to Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, there would likely be more
court cases, given the over 300 requests for Certified True Copies
of documents from the commission, which he said was a prelude
to more court actions.
“Unfortunately, we have also witnessed some of the most
acrimonious party primaries in our recent history. Internal party
democracy is still a source of concern to our electoral progress. So
far, the commission has been joined in 396 pending actions in
various courts across the country arising from the conduct of
party primaries and nomination of candidates by political parties.
“We have similarly received 302 requests for CTCs of documents,
mainly our monitoring reports of party primaries and copies of
personal particulars of candidates. These requests are obviously a
prelude to more court actions. In addition, we have also received
52 petitions and protests from aggrieved party aspirants.
“The implication of these challenges is that as we prepare for the
general elections, we are also going to grapple with pre-election
litigations” he said.
Punch reported that the chairman also disclosed that about 73
political parties had filed their nominations at the end of the
period for the substitution and withdrawal of candidates, for the
2019 presidential election.
The INEC Chairman who gave an update on the number and
gender of candidates competing for elections into the National
Assembly seats, also disclosed that few parties nominated
candidates below the mandatory age of 35 years for presidential
and vice-presidential candidates. According to him, 6 ,483
candidates were jostling for the 469 seats at the National
Assembly.
“For National Assembly elections, a total of 1,848 candidates
(1,615 males and 233 females) are vying for 109 senatorial seats
while 4,635 candidates (4,066 males and 569 females) are
competing for the 360 seats in the House of Representatives.
“Similarly, the full list of candidates and their political parties will
be published for public information in line with the commission’s
timetable and schedule of activities.
“As for state elections, a total of 1,068 candidates (980 males and
88 females) are contesting 29 governorship positions, with 805
males and 263 female deputy governorship candidates.
“The commission is working on the list of candidates nominated
by political parties for the 991 state assembly constituencies as
well as the 68 area council chairmen and councillors for the
Federal Capital Territory. The full details will also be published for
public information in line with our timetable and schedule of
activities” he said.
On conducting a free and fair election, Mahmood who disclosed
that INEC did not and would never tolerate any breach of the
strict timelines provided for in the timetable for the elections,
added that parties that failed to respect the democratic process
in selecting candidates during primary elections had lost the
moral right to complain about secondary elections.
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