The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has frowned at the frequency and consistency with which courts of coordinate jurisdiction from different parts of Nigeria assumed jurisdiction on matters pertaining to Anambra governorship polls.
The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, who expressed this concern in Awka said judgments delivered and orders issued have far reaching implications on the conduct of the Anambra State Governorship Election.
Valentine Mbadugha reports that Mr. Okoye, while speaking at an implementation meeting of the Voter Education and Publicity Department of INEC, noted that it is important that stakeholders are availed of all relevant information on the processes, regulations and expectations.
The meeting was for the key implementers of the scheme for the governorship election in Anambra State, especially those involved with public enlightenment and field dissemination of information to update their service delivery plans and ensure effective implementation of public enlightenment in the home stretch towards the election.
He maintained that political parties must obey and conform to their constitutions and guidelines for the conduct of party primaries as well as the provisions of section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
In his welcome address, the Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, who expressed readiness of the commission to deliver a credible election in Anambra State, harped on the need for political parties to be civil in their dealings.
In their separate remarks, the director, Voter Education and Publicity INEC Headquarters Abuja, Mr. Nick Dazang and the Anambra State Director, National Orientation Agency, Barrister Charles Nwoji emphasized on poor turnout of voters on election days.
The NYSC state coordinator, Mrs. Yehinde Baderinwa was also part of the meeting.