INEC warns political parties against non-compliance with schedule

the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a new warning to political parties not to undermine its guidelines on the 2023 General Elections. In a statement Tuesday from its spokesman, the commission said it would not tolerate any attempts by political parties to ignore constitutionally permitted processes in nominating their candidates as they prepare for primary elections. Since the INEC announced the changes in the dates of the country’s general elections in February and announced its schedule of activities, so far only two of the 14 activities on its schedule have been carried out. The two activities are the posting of election notices in the states and nomination forms on the commission’s official website. As stipulated in article 84 of the Electoral Law, all political parties have a period of 61 days, from April 4 to June 3, to present their flag bearers for presidential, gubernatorial, state and national legislative positions in the next elections. Although the INEC set February 25, 2023 for the presidential and national assembly elections, the governor and state assembly elections will take place on March 11. The commission said candidates for the “1,491 constituencies for which elections are to be held must arise from democratic, transparent and valid primaries, in accordance with the provisions of Sections 29 and 84 of the Elections Act 2022.” The statement added: “When a political party fails to comply with the provisions of the Act in conducting its primary elections, its candidate will not be included in the election for the particular office in question. “As required by law, the Commission shall monitor the primaries of each political party that provides legal notice required pursuant to Sections 82 (1) and (5) of the Election Law. Failure of a political party to notify the Commission of any convention or congress called for the purpose of nominating candidates for any of the elective offices specified in the Act shall invalidate the convention or congress. ALSO READ: Why we have not made PVCs available: President of INEC “Primaries must be held in the various constituencies as provided in Section 84 of the Electoral Act, as it is a violation of the law to hold primaries outside of the constituencies for which the parties are nominating candidates. The Commission will not monitor such primaries and their result will not be accepted.” Consensus Seeking Parties With political parties settling into the primary election season, according to schedule, many hopefuls have indicated their plan to run for different positions on their platforms, while others are still consulting. Although the two main parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), have not yet zoned for the presidency, some of their members have formally declared their interest in the post. Among those who have formally declared their intention to run for president in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) bid are former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, former Imo State Governor and sitting Senator Rochas Okorocha , and Ebony State Governor Dave Umahi. There is speculation that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; the former governor of Abia and acting senator, Orji Uzor Kalu; and CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele and Science and Technology Minister Ogbonnaya Onu will join the race. In the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, two former Senate Presidents, Pius Anyim and Bukola Saraki, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, publisher of Ovation magazine, Dele Momodu, a renowned pharmacist, Sam Ohuabunwa, and Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State meet among those who have indicated their plan to run for the presidency. Some of the hopefuls are already pushing for consensus candidates ahead of their primary elections. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; INEC warns political parties against non-compliance with schedule