No going back on elections dates in Nigeria – INEC chairman Yakubu declares

No going back on elections dates in Nigeria – INEC chairman Yakubu declares:

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, February 7, has declared that it has no intention to postpone any of the slated elections as a result of court orders coming close to schedules of the exercise.The chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made the position known at a National Stakeholders’ Forum for 2019 General Elections, organised by the Commission on Thursday in Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yakubu said that the commission had been receiving court orders in which some had been conflicting or contradicting.“If two courts make a pronouncement on a matter, we go by the latest in time.“In the case of one of the judgments, the two judgements came on the same day; the Commission has to take a decision.“My assurance to stakeholders and Nigerians is that INEC will always obey court order.“The next question we are going to ask is that what if the court order comes close to election, will INEC postpone elections?“No. INEC does not intend to postpone any election.“We will operate based on the order that we received but the commission has also made contingency plan in case some of the orders come close to the elections.“We should be able to recover and conduct elections as scheduled,” he said adding that party congresses and primaries for the 2019 general elections had been the most contentious since the return to democracy in 1999 as court 640 cases had arisen from them.It was learnt that INEC has been dragged to court 640 times on the conduct of parties primaries.“We have received 540 requests for certified true copies of documents and some of these will end up in court.“In addition, we received 186 protests and petitions for the conduct of congresses and party primaries,” he said. earlier reported that two officials of INEC, Monday Ifiesimama and Beesor Sorle, were on Thursday, February 7, arraigned by the Department of State Services (DSS) for .The two were arraigned before a chief magistrate court in Port Harcourt for alleged electoral offences..It was learnt that one Darlington Ogolo, was also arraigned alongside the INEC officials. According to the report, Ifiesimama and Sorle were accused of attempting to steal 3,097 PVCs and selling them to Ogolo, whose identity was still under investigation. ( – . We have upgraded to serve you better.2019 Elections: Sirleaf Meets With INEC Chairman |  Source:
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