The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is concerned about pre-election litigation and contradicting court decisions following the primaries for the November 6 Anambra State governorship election, and has asked the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and other stakeholders to intervene.
Festus Okoye, the Chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, aired his concerns yesterday during the Voter Education and Publicity Department’s implementation meeting for the Anambra election in Awka.
Noting that the development could jeopardize the election’s smooth running, Okoye urged the bar and the bench to intervene in the troubling trend.
Ex parte orders have been obtained by political gladiators in the run-up to the election.
Some of the instructions, according to Okoye, have the potential to erode the commission’s capabilities and jeopardize its independence, powers, and timetables for the upcoming election.
He also stated that over 700,000 of the over one million people that registered online were between the ages of 18 and 34. “This obviously indicates that young people are interested in politics.”
Valentine Ozigbo, the PDP candidate, has stated that Mrs. Azuka is his pick.
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