The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a strong warning to political parties in Edo State as the governorship election draws closer.
Speaking on the conflicting court orders given to both the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the main opposition party, All progressive congress party, The electoral body INEC reveals that the action of both the court and political might disrupt the conduct of the upcoming governorship elections in Edo
INEC’s national commissioner for information and voter education Festus Okoye who gave the warning also admonish all parties to on or before June 27th 2020 as the submission of the list of candidates the parties propose to present at the election and affidavits of validly nominated candidates will close at 6 pm on June 29, 2020.
The INEC Commissioner said;
“In view of this and as part of its commitment to deepen the use of technology in elections, the commission will conduct a training programme for Liaison Officers nominated by all the registered Political Parties on the use of the INEC Portal for uploading nomination forms of candidates.
“The training will take place at the Conference Hall of the Commission on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th June 2020 in two batches, to allow for physical distancing in line with the COVID-19 protocols.
“Political Parties should note that the organisation and scheduling of various activities and processes leading to the conduct of elections are complex and involve extensive and careful planning and any disruption of these processes comes at a huge cost to the nation.
“The spate and tenor of pre-election litigations and the conflicting orders emanating therefrom can harm the smooth conduct of primaries and the upcoming elections.”
The electoral commission which stated that it is ready to obey all orders and judgements in accordance with the rule of law, added that it is closely monitoring cases arising from the administration of political parties, conduct of primaries and nomination of candidates.