Party primaries: INEC cautions political parties against flouting electoral law



By Oboh Linus
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cautioned  political parties in Nasarawa State against flouting the new electoral law in the conduct of their primary elections.


INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Uthman Ajidagba, gave the advise  during an interface with political parties and other stakeholders on Thursday in Lafia.


Ajidagba, reminded them that the Electoral Law 2022 clearly spelt out where party primaries for various offices should be held, and should be monitored and validated by the Commission upon notification.


According to the him, the interface with parties chairmen, secretaries and other stakeholders became necessary in order to ensure hitch-free general election in 2023.


He said the commission had already outlined its timetable and scheduled of activities for the forthcoming parties primaries.


“The situation whereby political parties gather in Lafia, the state capital to determine who stand for election in  Wamba, Keffi or any other constituency  is no longer acceptable by the new law.


“I count on your continuous cooperation and support so that we can have seamless elections. On our part, we are ready,” he said.


He charged the political parties to encourage their supporters to get registered and obtain their  permanent voters cards.


Mr Cletus Ogah, Chairman, Nasarawa state Inter Parties Advisory Council (IPAC) who spoke on behalf of parties, promised that they would continue to  partner the commission to ensure successful elections.


He, however, made a case for the provision of  adequate security as well as logistics arrangement that would guarantee early arrival of election materials.


On his part, Commissioner of Police in the state,  Adesina Soyemi, represented by Superintendent Jonathan Jiriko, assured of adequate security to protect lives and property during and after the elections.


Soyemi, who spoke on behalf other security agencies warned unscrupulous elements bent on truncating the Electoral  process to desist or face the wrath of the law. (NAN)