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INEC warns parties against violation of election timelines

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has urged Political Parties to adhere strictly to the time table and schedule of activities for the 2023 general election.

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu stated this in Abuja during the quarterly consultative meeting with leaders of Political Parties.

He said there are so many activities that are associated with the time lines which must be carried out and that any review for one activity will affect other activities.

Professor Yakubu told them to ensure inclusivity in the electoral process. said the commission had prepared a document to guide political parties in the conduct of primaries and nomination of candidates for the election.

He told them to ensure inclusivity in the electoral process.

On the Ekiti governorship election scheduled for the 18th of next month, Professor Yakubu said parties would be invited on the 18th of this month to inspect samples of the materials to be used for the exercise.

Responding, the chairman, Inter- Party Advisory Council, IPAC Alhaji Yagbagi Sani said that all the eighteen registered political parties on the platform of IPAC are jointly, without exception, requesting the INEC to consider a slight adjustment to the recently announced timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general elections.

He said that the IPAC leadership wants INEC to extend the deadline for the conduct of party primaries and resolution of ensuing conflicts from the present INEC given date of 3rd June, 2022 to the 9th of July, 2022.

Alhaji Sani said some of the issues considered by IPAC which necessitated the call for extension in the timeframe was due to the time lost during the Christian Lenten season, the Muslim fasting followed by the celebrations of Easter and Eid El Fitr, (Sallah), in which the vast majority of party members were involved.

According to him,the developments greatly disrupted planned activities and programmes of the political parties, leading to the loss of about two weeks out of the allotted time of the timetable.

Alhaji Sani said that IPAC would continue to give INEC the needed support to ensure the conduct of free fair and credible election in the country.

Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo, Editing by Tola Oguneye