INEC Chairman Holds Consultative Meeting with Political Parties, Discusses Upcoming Elections

INEC Chairman Holds Consultative Meeting with Political Parties, Discusses Upcoming Elections

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, convened the first regular quarterly consultative meeting with political parties for the year 2024. The meeting, held at the INEC Conference Room in Abuja on Tuesday, March 19th, 2024, addressed several key issues concerning the electoral process in Nigeria.

In his opening remarks, Prof. Yakubu congratulated the newly elected Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Yusuf Dantalle, who also serves as the Chairman of the Allied People’s Movement (APM). He emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts between INEC and political parties to strengthen Nigeria’s electoral democracy.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to review the recent bye-elections and Court-ordered re-run elections conducted in 26 states of the Federation. Prof. Yakubu highlighted the diverse outcome of these elections, with winners emerging from seven different political parties across various National and State Assembly constituencies. However, he expressed concern over election disruptions in Enugu South 1 State Constituency of Enugu State and Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency of Kano State, pledging to work with stakeholders to address the issues and set new dates for re-run elections.

The focus then shifted to the upcoming off-cycle Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States. Prof. Yakubu reminded political parties of the deadlines for candidate nominations and urged them to adhere to the schedule of activities to avoid last-minute rush. He emphasized that there would be no extension of time beyond the deadlines already published.

Regarding the Ondo State Governorship election, the Chairman disclosed that 16 out of 19 political parties have indicated interest in participating. He urged parties to conduct primaries without disruptions and avoid frequent changes, which could be costly and disruptive to the electoral process.

Prof. Yakubu also addressed the issue of acrimonious primaries and the emergence of multiple candidates, stressing the need for parties to find solutions to prevent unnecessary litigations that could drain resources.

In conclusion, Prof. Yakubu reassured political parties of INEC’s continued cooperation and support within the ambit of the law. The meeting concluded with expressions of gratitude and a call for unity in advancing Nigeria’s electoral process.

For more updates on Nigeria’s electoral activities, stay tuned to Gist Reports.

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