Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned political parties and their candidates that the commission will not tolerate violation of the Electoral Act and shoddy internal democracy.

The commission advised the parties to ensure strict compliance with their internal democracy arrangements and the tenets of the Constitution.

A statement by INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said all political party primaries must be monitored by the commission.

As required by law, the commission shall monitor the primaries of each political party that provides the required legal notice, in line with sections 82 (1) and (5) of the Electoral Act. Failure of a political party to notify the commission of any convention or congress convened for the purpose of nominating candidates for any of the elective offices specified in the Act shall render the convention or congress invalid.”

“Primaries must be conducted in the various constituencies, as provided for in Section 84 of the Electoral Act, as it is a violation of the law to conduct primaries outside the constituencies for which parties are nominating candidates. The commission will not monitor such primaries and their outcome will not be accepted.

Credit: Nation

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