Breaking: INEC withdraws 25 certificates-of-return – Okoye
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, has withdrawn 25 certificates-of-return issued to some candidates that won during the 2019 General Elections.
The Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr Festus Okoye, stated this at a “Forum on Media Coverage of 2019 General Elections” held in Enugu on Monday.
The withdrawal is in accordance with court order, Okoye stated.
Keynote Address and Declaration of the Forum open by National Commissioner, INEC and Chairman Information and Voter education Committee (IVEC) Festus Okoye Esq at the ongoing Forum on Media Coverage of 2019 general election. pic.twitter.com/SkkV1Y47QB
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He noted that 20 of the 25 certificates-of-return were withdrawn from All Progressive Congress, APC, members to other APC members; while two from People Democratic Party, PDP, members were withdrawn to other PDP members. He said that the other three were withdrawn from APC and PDP; and given to other political parties.
“Before we left INEC national headquarters on Friday; the commission has withdrawn 25 certificates-of-return from the first owners to their new owners following court orders to do that,’’ he said.
Okoye, however, lauded the media for its openness and robust engagement with the commission before, during and after the election, adding that the media had become critical stakeholders for the continual success of future elections.
He noted that the media had become the first line of reach of the masses as well as platform for explanation of INEC political and electoral decisions.
Every strategic information in governance must be beneficial to govt —Ukah(Opens in a new browser tab) Okoye also called on the media and its practitioners to dig deep on the electoral Act to ensure that import of the recent amended sections are made known to the public.
“The media should also centre on the aspect of using Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, to resolve electoral issues especially at the party levels instead of going to the court,’’ he advised.
In a welcome address, the INEC Enugu State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, noted that evaluation of processes of the elections would help better the electoral processes as well as strengthen institutions and stakeholders involved in the entire processes.