INEC has warned that increasing number of court orders may end up jeopardizing 2023 elections, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
ENigeria Newspaper is reporting that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that unless the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the National Judicial Council (NJC) intervene, the seemingly endless and conflicting court orders over political parties’ affairs could jeopardize preparations for the 2023 election.
INEC, which bemoaned the level of distraction it had begun to experience as a result of litigation stemming from the Anambra State governorship primary elections, reaffirmed its commitment to using technology to conduct elections because it was the only way to ensure credible and transparent elections.
“This (litigations) is frustrating,” Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner for Voter Education, stated yesterday in Awka, Anambra, during an implementation meeting on voter education and publicity for the 2021 Anambra State governorship election.
The commission’s policy on court orders is that if a ruling is issued today, the commission will obey it because it is the most recent in time. If another court of coordinating jurisdiction, or a court from another judicial division, comes to us on the same matter, the commission obeys that one since it is the most recent in time.
“So, what the political parties have been doing, and what they are doing now, is that they are anticipating the inquiry, and they are getting court orders as soon as the commission starts proceeding. This is obstructing our progress and making things more difficult.
Elections necessitate sanctity and obedience to rules. The NBA and NJC leadership should consider this. This is important and necessary because, if it continues, it may compromise the conduct of the 2023 elections in Nigeria. On a regular basis, we receive court orders from courts around the country, and that is not right.”